The Islands Trust is currently seeking to appoint a chief elections officer following the Oct. 25 resignation of Tony Law from his position as trustee for the Hornby Island Local Trust Committee and the Islands Trust Council.
Because Law’s resignation triggered a byelection, the Islands Trust will formally announce the date of the byelection as soon as possible.
“The procedures governing a local byelection are defined by the Local Government Act,” explained chief administrative officer, Russ Hotsenpiller.
“There are no shortcuts and due process must be followed. The election itself must take place within 80 days of the appointment of a chief elections officer. Obviously, it is unusual to be conducting a by election so soon after a general local election. We are working hard to make sure that the election takes place as soon as possible.”
Until the byelection is held, the Hornby Islands Local Trust Committee will continue to meet and perform its functions with Trustee Alex Allen and a chair appointed by the Islands Trust Chair. The name of the Hornby Island Local Trust Committee chair will be confirmed on Nov. 14, 2018.