Chief and Council Elections 2020

The shishalh Nation will be going the polls Feb 2020 and for the first time, Nation members living away from home, will be eligible to run for office and to vote for Chief and Council. We’ve created this election section to our website as a one-stop shop for information regarding the election.

Whether you are looking for information on how to get on the voters’ list or find out what identification is required to vote, you can find it here. We have information on mail-in ballots, who can vote, and an online application to get on the voters’ list. We also have quick link to our Election’s Officer and links to relevant reading material.

The Nomination meeting will be December 9, 2019, and two days later the list of Candidates will be posted. An all Candidate’s forum, hosted by the Election’s Officer Wendy Lee, will be held on December 16, 2019 at the Hall. (Event details will be posted in December).

The Advance Poll will be held on February 9, 2020 and the Election will be February 15, 2020.

Please check back to this page as we will be updating information as we get it.

Contact Us With Election Questions
Who can vote?
We are here to help!

All voters are solely responsible for ensuring that the administration has their current contact information.

Who can vote?

  • All shíshálh Nation members who are 18 years of age on or before February 15, 2020 – no matter where you live!
  • You must be on the voters list!

The voters list will be available at the shíshálh Nation administration office and electronically. It will be updated frequently as new
applications are accepted.

If you are not sure you are on the voters list, please contact:

Wendy Lee, Electoral Officer
wendylee@secheltnation.net
cell 604.669.7887

If you are not on the voters list please compete the attached form and submit to the administration office (5555 Sunshine Coast Highway, Sechelt, BC VON 3A) or email to Wendy Lee.

Who can be nominated
for Chief or Councillor?
  • A member of the shíshálh Nation who qualifies as a voter may be nominated as a candidate for Chief of Councillor
  • The voter can be nominated for either Chief or Councillor but may not be nominated for both position

Nomination Process

  • A voter must be physically present at the Nomination Meeting, December 9, 2019, to be eligible for nomination as a candidate
  • Each candidate must be nominated and seconded by a qualified voter and that voter must sign a declaration confirming the nomination
  • The candidate will sign a Notice of Acceptance of Nomination in the presence of the Electoral Officer

Detailed information may be found in Section 12 of the shíshálh Nation Election and Referendum Law or contact:

Wendy Lee, Electoral Officer
wendylee@secheltnation.net
cell 604.669.7887

Make Your Mark Count

There are two valid ways to mark your ballot. A checkmark or an X can be used to vote. Do NOT sign your ballot or it will be spoiled and not counted.

These items are NOT allowed in the polling station

  • No Cameras
  • No Phones
  • No Photography

Mail-in Ballots

Voters who are not ordinarily resident on shíshálh Nation lands are entitled to vote by mail-in ballot if they apply for a mail-in ballot after December 15, 2019 and the ballot is received by the Electoral Officer prior to the Advance Poll on February 9, 2020.

Voters who are ordinarily residents on shíshálh Nation lands can also apply to vote by mail-in ballot if they are unable to vote in person because of a disability. Mail-in ballots are secure and confidential. There is no possibility to identify the voter with the ballot submitted. Detailed instructions will be included in the mail-in ballot package. Mail-in ballot applications will be available at the administration office, by request, and electronically.

2020 Election Dates and Deadlines

The following dates and deadlines are congruent with the shíshálh Nation constitution and the Election and Referendum Law, as approved by referendum on May 25, 2019.

  • Post initial voters list – Nov 10, 2019
  • Annual General Assembly – Nov 21, 2019
  • Notice of Nomination Meeting: Nov 25, 2019
  • Nomination meeting – Dec 9, 2019: 6pm – 9pm
  • Request to add to voters list – Dec 10, 2019
  • Post list of candidates – Dec 11, 2019
  • Mail-in ballots available – Dec 15, 2019
  • All Candidates meeting – Dec 16, 2019: 6pm – 9pm
  • Deadline to appeal voters list – Jan 3, 2020
  • Post final voters list – Feb 5, 2020
  • Advance Poll – Feb 9, 2020: 2pm – 6pm
  • Election – Feb 15, 2020: 9am – 8pm
Downloadable Election Resources
You Need Identification to Vote

shishalh Voters must prove their identify in order to cast a vote in the upcoming referendums for the proposed changes to the Constitution and the Lehigh referendum. Either your Status Card or a valid BC Driver’s License can be used as identification when you vote.

shishalh Voters without proper identification can be vouched for to vote.

The person who vouches for you must be able to produce the proper identification requirements (Status Card/BC Driver’s License) AND be one of the following:

  • Registered as shishalh voter
  • Be a spouse, parent, grandparent or adult child, grandchild or sibling of the voter
  • A person having legal authority to make personal care decisions in respect to the person being vouched for
  • Voter and Voucher must each make a solemn declaration as to the voter’s identify and place of residence
  • A voter who has been vouched for may not vouch for any other voter at that election