The B.C. Green party may have failed to win a seat — and its quest for political relevancy — but candidates remain optimistic about 2013.

Leader Jane Sterk said candidates are enthusiastic about staying with the party and are prepared to stand for office, despite receiving only about eight per cent of the vote — a drop of one per cent from the 2005 election.

“We had an extremely low voter turnout, with about 37,000 less Green votes in this election,” she said.

Sterk lost out to New Democrat Maurine Karagianis in her home riding of Esquimalt-Royal Roads, with 17 per cent of the vote to Karagianis’ 53 per cent.

Stephen Krontstein, Green candidate for the Vancouver-Point Grey riding, said voters struggle with the B.C. political system.

“People typically think there’s a green split, but in actuality the environment is not a left or right issue, which is difficult considering that B.C. politics are polarized in this way,” he said.