Adam Walker. (Submitted photo)

Adam Walker. (Submitted photo)

Qualicum Beach voters wait to see if they must return to the polls

Byelection could be required if councillor wins seat as MLA

Qualicum Beach voters will found out shortly if they are headed back to the polls.

Town Coun. Adam Walker was an NDP candidate in the Parksville-Qualicum Beach riding for the recent provincial election. Following the tally of advanced and day-of voting on Saturday, he holds a lead over Michelle Stilwell of the B.C. Liberal Party. If that lead holds after the mail-in ballots are tallied after Nov. 6, the town could have a vacant seat for councillor.

RELATED: NDP’S Adam Walker the front-runner in Parksville-Qualicum

A press release from the town said if Walker is elected as MLA and if he resigns as councillor, the town must appoint a local chief election officer for a byelection as soon as is practical.

Once appointed, the local chief election officer must set the date for general voting for a Saturday no later than 80 days after they were appointed by council.

There were 14,273 vote-by-mail packages issued for the Parksville-Qualicum riding.

— NEWS Staff

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