The Nanaimo byelection is less than a week away and it seems voters can’t wait to decide who will fill the provincial seat.
Elections BC said 3,188 people have voted in the byelection so far, compared to the first two days of the 2017 general election, which saw 2,955 advance voters. That is 233 fewer votes.
The advanced polls for the Nanaimo byelection opened on Tuesday and 1,532 people turned up to vote on that day, according to Elections BC. On Wednesday, 1,656 people voted. There are 45,359 registered voters in the Nanaimo riding.
The byelection on Jan. 30 is being held to replace former New Democrat Leonard Krog, who is now Nanaimo’s mayor. An NDP loss could upset the balance of power in the legislature for the government that is operating with the support of the three Green members.
Six candidates are running, including New Democrat candidate Sheila Malcolmson, Liberal candidate Tony Harris and Green candidate Michele Ney. Justin Greenwood is the B.C. Conservatives candidate, Robin Richardson is the Vancouver Island Party candidate and Bill Walker is the B.C. Libertarians candidate.
With files from The Canadian Press