New electoral system rejected

British Columbians voted “No” to changing the way candidates are elected. The proposed B.C.-STV system was rejected after it failed to meet both necessary thresholds.

British Columbians voted “No” to changing the way candidates are elected.

The proposed B.C.-STV system was rejected after it failed to meet both necessary thresholds.

By press time, only four of the province’s electoral districts voted “Yes,” while 44 rejected it. To pass, 51 of B.C.’s 85 electoral districts had to approve it.

The B.C.-STV system also garnered less than 40 per cent of the popular vote — 20 per cent short of the amount needed.

B.C.-STV supporter, Green Party of B.C. Deputy Leader Damian Kettlewell, said the defeat could mean the current system is here to stay.

“We lost the chance for electoral reform,” Kettlewell said.

 
 
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