December 2, 2011: Whistler, BC – Agreements have been reached in conclusion of the Provincial Court actions commenced by the Resort Municipality of Whistler’s (RMOW) Chief Election Officer challenging the validity of nomination papers for four candidates in the recent RMOW municipal election. The RMOW has agreed to compensate the individuals for their expenses. The four candidates were Mayor Elect Nancy Wilhelm-Morden, Councilor Elect Jack Crompton, Steve Anderson and Steven Andrews. The total compensation is $8520.
Following the nomination process, Whistler’s Chief Election Officer asked the Court to determine whether some potential defects in the manner in which the candidate nomination papers had been completed affected their candidacy. The Chief Election Officer did not challenge the qualifications of any of the candidates or nominators to run in the election or to nominate candidates.
Judge Baird-Ellan issued her judgement on October 21 and ruled that the nomination papers of the four candidates were valid and did not affect their candidacy.
The Chief Election Officer is appointed under the Local Government Act as an independent officer responsible for conducting the local government election including the management of the nomination process. Nomination papers are required from each nominee as part of the nomination process for the election.
The Whistler municipal election took place on November 19, 2011. Click here for more information on the Whistler municipal election results.
About the Resort Municipality of Whistler
The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is Whistler’s local government led by an elected council and administered by an executive team and staff on behalf of 10,000 residents and two million annual visitors. The RMOW manages municipal planning and development, park and Village operations, sports facilities and recreation, public utilities and environmental services, bylaws and enforcement, fire rescue, fiscal planning and financial services, legislative services, human resources, communications and the administration of the Whistler2020 Comprehensive Sustainability Plan and Whistler’s Official Community Plan. The RMOW collaborates with in-resort and external partners to create visitor experiences and enrich community life.
Whistler’s vision is to be the premier mountain resort community as it moves toward sustainability. Whistler was the proud Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.