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Recall and Initiative Act

[RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 398

Contents
Part 1 — Introductory Provisions
 1Definitions
Part 2 — Legislative Initiatives
 Division 1 — Initiative Petition
 2Subject matter of legislative proposals
 3Application for initiative petition
 4Issue of initiative petition
 5Who may sign an initiative petition
 6Who may canvass for signatures
 7Requirements for initiative petition
 7.1Continuation of petition if an electoral district is disestablished or changed
 8Time limit for determination
 Division 2 — Select Standing Committee
 9Select standing committee
 10Referral of initiative to select standing committee
 11Duty of select standing committee
 12Effect of report by select standing committee
 Division 3 — Initiative Vote
 13Initiative vote
 14Initiative voting day every 3 years
 15Determination of successful initiative vote
 16Effect of successful initiative vote
 Division 4 — Effect of General Election
 17Suspension of petition process during general election
 18General election after petition sent to select standing committee
Part 3 — Recall
 Division 1 — Recall Petition
 19Application for recall petition
 20Issue of recall petition
 21Who may sign a recall petition
 22Who may canvass for signatures
 23Requirements for recall petition
 24Time limit for determination
 25Result of successful recall petition
 Division 2 — By-election
 26Election
 27Prohibition on multiple elections with respect to the same electoral district
 28Application of Election Act
Part 4 — Initiative Petition Financing
 Division 1 — Authorized Participants and Financial Agents
 29Authorized participants must have financial agent
 30Financial agent for proponent
 31Application to become an opponent of an initiative petition
 32Financial agents for opponents
 33Notice to opponent groups
 34General obligations of financial agent
 35Assistant financial agent
 Division 2 — Initiative Petition Contributions and Expenses
 36Initiative petition contributions generally
 37Initiative petition contributions through loans and debts
 38Initiative petition contributions through fundraising functions
 39Initiative petition expenses
 40General valuation rules
 Division 3 — Making and Accepting Initiative Petition Contributions
 41Restrictions on making initiative petition contributions
 42Restrictions on accepting initiative petition contributions
 43Limits on anonymous contributions
 44Prohibited contributions must be returned
 45Financial agent must record each initiative petition contribution
 Division 4 — Initiative Petition Expenses
 46Restrictions on who may incur initiative petition expenses
 47Initiative petition expenses in excess of limit prohibited
 48Initiative petition expenses limit
 Division 5 — Reporting
 49Reporting of information regarding initiative petition contributions
 50Initiative petition financing report
 51Publication of financing summary
 Division 6 — Penalties for Failure to Comply
 52Publication of failure to comply
 53Effect of incurring expenses over limit
 54Court order for relief from expenses limit
 55Late filing of required reports
 56Failure to file initiative petition financing report
 57Court order for relief from filing obligations
 58False or misleading reports relating to an initiative petition
Part 5 — Initiative Vote Financing
 Division 1 — Authorized Participants and Financial Agents
 59Authorized participants must have financial agent
 60Notice to proponent and opponents for initiative petition
 61Financial agent for petition proponent
 62Financial agents for other proponents
 63Financial agents for opponents
 64Obligations and authority of financial agents and assistant financial agents
 Division 2 — Initiative Vote Contributions and Expenses
 65Initiative vote contributions
 66Initiative vote expenses
 67General valuation rules
 Division 3 — Making and Accepting Initiative Vote Contributions
 68Restrictions on making and accepting initiative vote contributions
 69Limits on anonymous contributions
 70Prohibited contributions must be returned
 71Financial agent must record each initiative vote contribution
 Division 4 — Initiative Vote Expenses
 72Restrictions on who may incur initiative vote expenses
 73Initiative vote expenses in excess of limit prohibited
 74Initiative vote expenses limit
 Division 5 — Reporting
 75Reporting of information regarding initiative vote contributions
 76Initiative vote financing report
 77Publication of financing summary
 Division 6 — Penalties for Failure to Comply
 78Publication of failure to comply
 79Effect of incurring expenses over limit
 80Court order for relief from expenses limit
 81Late filing of required reports
 82Failure to file initiative vote financing report
 83Court order for relief from filing obligations
 84False or misleading reports relating to an initiative vote
Part 6 — Initiative Communications
 Division 1 — General
 85Initiative advertising and opinion surveys
 86Sponsorship of initiative advertising
 87No indirect sponsorship of initiative advertising
 88Initiative advertising must identify sponsor
 89Restriction on rates charged for initiative advertising
 90Prohibition against certain initiative advertising on general voting day
 91Restrictions on initiative campaigning near voting places
 92Requirements for publication of initiative opinion surveys
 Division 2 — Initiative Advertising Limits
 93Advertising limits
 94Penalties for exceeding initiative advertising limit
 95Court order for relief from advertising limit
 Division 3 — Registration of Sponsors
 96Initiative advertising sponsors must be registered
 97Registration with chief electoral officer
 98Obligations of registered sponsor
 99Limit on registration
 Division 4 — Disclosure of Independent Initiative Advertising
 100Independent sponsors must file disclosure reports
 101Contents of disclosure report
 102Late filing of reports
 103Failure to file reports
 104Court order for relief from filing obligations
 105Obligation to maintain records
 106Publication of initiative advertising summary
Part 7 — Recall Petition Financing
 Division 1 — Financial Agent
 107Authorized participants must have financial agent
 108Appointment of financial agent
 109General obligations of financial agent
 110Assistant financial agent
 Division 2 — Recall Contributions and Expenses
 111Recall contributions generally
 112Recall contributions through loans and debts
 113Recall contributions through fundraising functions
 114Recall expenses
 115General valuation rules
 Division 3 — Making and Accepting Recall Contributions
 116Restrictions on making recall contributions
 117Restrictions on accepting recall contributions
 118Limits on anonymous contributions
 119Prohibited contributions must be returned
 120Financial agent must record each recall contribution
 Division 4 — Recall Expenses
 121Restrictions on who may incur recall expenses
 122Recall expenses in excess of limit prohibited
 123Recall expenses limit
 Division 5 — Reporting
 124Reporting of information regarding recall contributions
 125Recall financing report
 126Publication of financing summary
 Division 6 — Penalties for Failure to Comply
 127Publication of failure to comply
 128Effect of incurring expenses over limit
 129Court order for relief from expenses limit
 130Late filing of required reports
 131Failure to file recall financing report
 132Court order for relief from filing obligations
 133False or misleading reports relating to a recall petition
Part 8 — Recall Petition Communications
 Division 1 — General
 134Recall advertising
 135Sponsorship of recall advertising
 136No indirect sponsorship of recall advertising
 137Recall advertising must identify sponsor
 138Restriction on rates charged for recall advertising
 139Repealed
 Division 2
 140–142Repealed
 Division 3 — Registration of Sponsors
 143Recall advertising sponsors must be registered
 144Registration with chief electoral officer
 145Obligations of registered sponsor
 146Limit on registration
 Division 4 — Disclosure of Independent Recall Advertising
 147Independent sponsors must file disclosure reports
 148Contents of disclosure report
 149Late filing of reports
 150Failure to file reports
 151Court order for relief from filing obligations
 152Obligation to maintain records
 153Publication of recall advertising summary
Part 9 — Offences
 154Prosecution of organizations and their directors and agents
 155Defence of due diligence
 156Signature and vote buying offences
 157Intimidation offences
 158Wrongful signing and voting
 159Offences in relation to canvassing for signatures
 160Offences in relation to financing
 161Offences in relation to initiative or recall advertising and promotion
 162Offences in relation to false or misleading information
 163Offence in relation to use of information
 164Penalties under this Part are in addition to any others
 165Limitation
Part 10 — General
 166Delivery of notices
 167Filing documents with chief electoral officer
 168Access to and use of information in records
 169Enforcement of Act by chief electoral officer
 170Emergencies and other extraordinary circumstances
 171General regulations
 172Additional powers of the chief electoral officer
 173Appropriation