A new election will be held in Area C of the Peace River Regional District, as the Supreme Court has declared results of the first election invalid.

The election, held on October 15th, went to the BC Supreme Court after it was discovered that a small number of voters living outside Area C had voted in the election by mistake. On November 22, the court found that ballots had indeed been issued to electors from outside the area.

The Area C election was extremely close, with Suzanne Haab winning over incumbent Brad Sperling by just three votes. That result came after a recount, before which Sperling had been declared the winner by a single vote. Because the race was so close, it’s possible the ineligible ballots affected the result.

The Supreme Court has now invalidated the election and declared the Area C director position now vacant.

The Peace River Regional District says they will hold a by-election as soon as possible to fill the director position.