Many vote in Summerland’s advance polls

Advance voting in Summerland was busy as 530 voters cast their ballots on Nov. 5.

Advance voting in Summerland was busy as 530 voters cast their ballots on Nov. 5.

Maureen Fugeta, chief electoral officer for the municipality, said the voter turnout at the first advance poll was much busier than at the last municipal election.

At the first advance poll in 2011, 383 ballots were cast.

The turnout represents almost six per cent of all eligible voters in Summerland.

There are 8,600 people eligible to vote.

A second day of advance polling was held on Nov. 12, but voter turnout numbers from that day were not available by press time.

In the last municipal election, a total of 2,994 eligible voters cast ballots.

This works out to 36.1 per cent.

In 2008, voter turnout was close to 47 per cent.

The election is for a mayor and six municipal councillors.

There are five candidates for the mayoral position and 16 councillor candidates.

The new council will serve until October, 2018.

General voting is on Saturday, Nov. 15 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voting will take place at Summerland Secondary School and Giant’s Head Elementary School.

The results will be calculated and presented shortly after the polls close.