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Media Advisory: Former Chief Electoral Officer Robert Patterson Passes Away

February 6, 2019

VICTORIA – Former British Columbia Chief Electoral Officer Robert Patterson passed away on January 27, 2019. Mr. Patterson began working at Elections BC in 1978 and served as Chief Electoral Officer from 1990 to 2002. During his time as Deputy Chief Electoral Officer and Chief Electoral Officer, he directed seven general elections, five enumerations, and two province-wide referendums.

After taking early retirement from Elections BC, Mr. Patterson shared his passion and expertise for electoral administration around the world working with the United Nations, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, Foreign Affairs Canada, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Carter Centre and many other organizations.

Read Mr. Patterson’s obituary.


Rebecca Penz
Director, Communications
Elections BC
Phone: 250-886-0806

Elections BC is the independent, non-partisan Office of the Legislature responsible for administering electoral processes in B.C. under the Election ActReferendum ActRecall and Initiative Act and Local Elections Campaign Financing Act.