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Pre-campaign period for B.C. municipal elections begins Monday

B.C. municipal elections are scheduled for October 15
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The pre-campaign period for the 2022 municipal elections in B.C. begins on Monday, July 18.

B.C. residents who come across political ads for the upcoming municipal election can now check if they comply with election laws.

Elections BC says the "pre-campaign period" for the 2022 General Local Elections begins Monday, July 18 and runs until Sept. 16, 2022.

Election advertising rules come into effect at the start of the pre-campaign period and last until the election on October 15.

"Elector organizations, prospective candidates and third parties that sponsor election advertising during the pre-campaign or campaign period must include their name and contact information on all of their ads, in addition to other requirements. Third-party election advertisers must register with Elections BC," stated the independent government-sanctioned election regulator.

During the pre-campaign period, election advertising is defined as "any public communication that promotes or opposes, directly or indirectly, the election of a candidate or an elector organization endorsing a candidate." This includes sponsored social media posts.

During the campaign, election advertising also includes "communications that take a position on an issue associated with a candidate or elector organization," stated Elections BC.

A PDF list of third-party advertising sponsors is updated daily.

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