Referendum voting packages have to be received by Dec. 7, 2018.

Referendum voting packages have to be received by Dec. 7, 2018.

Elections BC says the highest number of voting package returns for British Columbia’s electoral reform referendum have come from the Parksville-Qualicum riding.

In that riding, just over 46 per cent of eligible voters in that riding have returned their ballot, a jump from 29 per cent a week ago.

As of Nov. 30, 37 per cent of voting packages have been returned and 31 per cent have been screened.

All ballots must be received by Dec. 7. The deadline was extended by an extra seven days due to rotating strikes at Canada Post.

Surrey-Green Timbers had the lowest returns at 17.8 per cent, up from 9.7 per cent last week.

Voters have to decide whether they want to keep the the current first-past-the-post system or change to a form of proportional representation for the next election in May 2021.

Any move away from the current system would require a vote of 50 per cent plus one in favour.

With files from The Canadian Press

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