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City of Vancouver byelection to fill vacated council seat to be held Oct. 14

Stephanie Ip

NDP leader and premier-designate John Horgan with former Vancouver city councillor Geoff Meggs at the legislature on June 8. Meggs is now Horgan’s chief of staff. (Stepan Vdovine/Vision Vancouver/Postmedia Network files)

NDP leader and premier-designate John Horgan with former Vancouver city councillor Geoff Meggs at the legislature on June 8. Meggs is now Horgan’s chief of staff. (Stepan Vdovine/Vision Vancouver/Postmedia Network files)

Vancouver's byelection to fill the council seat vacated by Geoff Meggs will take place in mid-October.

The date for the upcoming byelection was shared this week after city council appointed City Clerk Janice MacKenzie as chief election officer. MacKenzie will be responsible for all aspects of the election.

Meggs resigned after serving three terms as councillor for the City of Vancouver, to become new Premier John Horgan's chief of staff.

The byelection could also be an opportunity to fill the nine spots left vacant on the Vancouver School Board after then-B.C. education minister Mike Bernier fired the elected trustees.

The shakeup came after the board failed to pass a balanced budget and following a "letter of concern" written by the B.C. School Superintendent Association. In that letter, the association called for the protection of senior VSB leaders amid claims of workplace harassment and bullying.

The provincial government has not yet expressed its intention to fill the school board seats, but has until Aug. 4 to notify the city if it wishes to do so in the same byelection.

The candidate nomination period will run from Aug. 29 through Sept. 8, with advance voting to take place on Oct. 4 and 10, and general voting on Oct. 14.

To be eligible to vote, individuals must be 18 or older, a Canadian citizen, and have lived in B.C. for at least six months and in Vancouver for 30 days immediately before voting day.

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