FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City posted a public notice regarding Municipal By-election signs being too close to the Pomeroy Sport Centre.

According to the post Wednesday, the City received reports that a candidate sign was within 100 metres of the polling station. The Chief Election Officer confirmed that the sign was outside the radius and “conforms to the required legislation.”

The candidate posted on their personal Facebook page, saying they have removed the sign for the day.

According to the Local Government Act, section 154, “in relation to voting proceedings, a person must not do any of the following at or within 100 metres of a building, structure or other place where voting proceedings are being conducted at the time: (c) display or distribute a sign, a document or other material regarding a candidate or electoral organization , except as authorized by the chief election officer.”

Election signage is not allowed on city property, in Centennial Park or “on Banner across a City street, avenue or roadway”.

Advanced voting for the City’s by-election is now open.

Voting takes place at the Pomeroy Sport Centre from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on May 5th.

The next advanced voting day will be May 12th, also at the Pomeroy Sport Centre from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Special voting opportunities are expected to occur at senior care facilities on May 13th and for the hospital on May 15th.

General Voting Day is May 15th from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Pomeroy Sport Centre. It’s also the deadline to receive any mail-in ballots.

Candidates running in the by-election are Sarah MacDougall, Tom Whitton, Jim Lequiere, Jon Gosselin and Trystan Jones.

More information on the by-election can be found on the City’s website.