Preparing to vote

With a provincial election less than a month away, it is time for voters to prepare to cast their ballots.

With a provincial election less than a month away, it is time for voters to prepare to cast their ballots.

The election, on May 14, will set the direction for the province over the next few years.

At present, several candidates have come forward in the riding of Penticton and we could easily see more come forward in the days ahead.

The role of an MLA is an important one as each elected member is responsible to represent the wishes of his or her constituents to the provincial legislature in Victoria.

It is important to take an interest in the election process and in the decisions made at the provincial level afterward.

Sadly, the level of voter involvement has been declining.

In the last provincial election, held in 2009, only 50.99 per cent of eligible B.C. voters cast their ballots. In the riding of Penticton, voter turnout was 56.16 per cent.

The decisions made in the legislature will affect us all.

Learn a bit about each of the candidates, their parties and their platforms.

Ask them to explain themselves on any point which seems unclear.

It is up to the voting public to set the agenda in this election. It is up to the voters to determine the issues they consider important and to ask the candidates to explain their positions on these issues.

There are opportunities to raise these questions at candidate forums.

In addition, the Summerland Review will ask questions of the candidates as the election date nears.

If there is a special area of concern which also falls into the scope of a legislative member’s role, we would be interested to hear about it.

Then, on May 14, please take the time to vote.

 

Just Posted

Church building has been a landmark on Summerland’s Butler Street

Neighbourhood in Lowertown has gone through changes over the years.

Changing of the guard for South Okanagan midget baseball team

Aqil Samuel is leaving the club and will be replaced by Josh Snider

Clouds Sunday, sunshine and heat Monday

Weather forecast for the Okanagan, Shuswap and Similkameen looks spectacular

Okanagan Ogopogo bathtub race fundraising efforts over the top

In five years the Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has raised over $120,000 for SOSM Foundation

VIDEO: Ride to Conquer Cancer rolls into Hope

Thousands of cyclist descend on small town for annual cancer fundraiser

VIDEO: Ride to Conquer Cancer rolls into Hope

Thousands of cyclist descend on small town for annual cancer fundraiser

Okanagan MMA fighter captures middleweight belt at home

Jordan Cabrejos scores victory at XFC Unbanned, the return of mixed martial arts to Vernon

B.C. VIEWS: Pipelines set to roll as federal politicians posture

Projects to drive B.C., Canadian economy in years ahead

B.C. Lions fall to 1-9 after 13-10 loss to Ticats

Lowly Leos have dropped six straight CFL contests

Man shot near Coalmont airlifted to hospital

A man was shot near Coalmont B.C. Saturday afternoon. The victim was… Continue reading

VIDEO: B.C. woman meets biological mother, 38 years later

Mother never gave up hope of finding daughter, despite all the obstacles

B.C. man who died after rescuing swimmer was known for helping others

Shaun Nugent described as a dad, a coach, a hero and ‘stand-up guy’ at celebration of life

B.C. RCMP plane chases fleeing helicopter as part of major cross-border drug bust

The helicopter eventually landed at a rural property near Chilliwack

Most Read