Voters in Victoria might need to hold on a little longer to have a say in who will fill the vacant seat on city council. Citing the challenges of going to the polls during a pandemic, city staff are saying they don't have enough time or capacity to ensure a safe by-election this fall.
"At this point, timelines are challenging to predict," says the staff report, which goes to council tomorrow. "It is possible that a by-election may not be able to be safely planned and delivered until Q1 of 2021."
The Chamber will monitor the situation as it is vital that the democratic process carry on, especially as other BC municipalities have found a way to schedule their own by-elections for this fall.