Media Advisory: Police Act Initiative Petition Unsuccessful

December 9, 2013

VICTORIA – The initiative to amend the Police Act contains insufficient signatures to proceed further in the initiative petition process.

Chief Electoral Officer, Keith Archer, said “under the Recall and Initiative Act, signatures of at least 10 percent of the registered voters in each of the province’s 85 electoral districts were required.  The proponent has not submitted sufficient signatures on the petition sheets, therefore our office has determined that this petition does not meet the requirements of the Act and is unsuccessful.”

The initiative petition was issued to the proponent, Dana Larsen, on September 9, 2013.  4,460 voters registered as canvassers to collect signatures for the petition over a 90-day period.  The petition was submitted to Elections BC on December 9, 2013.

The initiative proponent must file a financial disclosure report with the Chief Electoral Officer on or before 4:30 p.m. on Monday, January 6, 2014.

Initiative legislation came into force in 1995.  Eight previous initiative applications have been granted approval in principle by the Chief Electoral Officer.

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Andrew Watson
Communications Coordinator
Elections BC
Phone: 250-952-6537

Elections BC is a non-partisan Office of the Legislature responsible for the administration of the Election Act, Recall and Initiative Act, and conduct of referenda under the Referendum Act.