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  INFORMATION BULLETIN 

For Immediate Release

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March 6, 2008

Ministry of Attorney General

and Minister responsible for Multiculturalism

 

SECOND REFERENDUM PLANNED ON ELECTORAL REFORM

 


VICTORIA – The Electoral Reform Referendum 2009 Act, legislation to allow a second referendum on an alternative electoral system, was introduced by Attorney General Wally Oppal today.

 

The referendum required under this legislation will be held in conjunction with the next scheduled provincial general election on May 12, 2009. The referendum will be similar to the one held in 2005, but with some important differences. 

 

Public funding will be available to groups who are supporters or detractors of both the single transferable vote (STV) and the current first-past-the-post election systems. Through the chief electoral officer, registered groups will be given funds to provide information and educational material about their positions. Specific funding criteria and the process for applying would be established in regulations.

 

A total of $500,000 will be made available to each side of the debate. Government will again fund a neutral referendum information office, as it did in 2005.

 

The referendum question will be introduced by government for debate in the legislative assembly before it is put to voters. The proposed electoral map will be available during the referendum, so voters will be able to see how STV would affect their electoral districts if it is adopted.

 

The threshold for success will be the same as in 2005 – at least 60 per cent of the provincewide popular vote and majority support in at least 60 per cent of the province’s electoral districts. If the referendum vote is in favour of STV, it will be in place for B.C.’s 2013 election.

 

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