NEWS/ POLITICS — Should Kamloops City council be elected on a ward system in which councillors represent specific areas of the city?
That’s one question in a new Kamloops Voters Society survey that gives residents an opportunity to say what they think about politics in Kamloops.
The online survey, which runs until Oct. 15, will be used to write a series of questions to council candidates. The questions and answers will be available through media and the KVS website Nov. 3. Results from the survey itself will be revealed by Oct. 20.
The KVS initiated what has become known as the Kamloops Vote50 initiative, a campaign by interested local groups to raise the turnout at the Nov. 15 civic election to 50 per cent from 29 per cent in the last election three years ago.
Brad Harrison of the KVS said the survey is designed to get residents thinking about the election and to give input on specific topics and other municipal issues. The survey can be accessed at kamloopsvoterssociety.ca or directly at KVS Survey – Voter Feedback.
The ward-system question provides an option between a full ward system and a hybrid system in which some councillors would be elected at large and some in wards.
The ward system question asks: “Do you agree that the City of Kamloops should switch to a ward or combination Hybrid Ward election system? This would include a minimum of two representatives from both the North and South shores and four councillors at large?”
The survey also asks questions about more polling stations, candidate slates, restrictions on financial contributions, term limits, evening meetings, Ajax and other issues. It includes a space for specific questions to candidates.
About three to five minutes is needed to complete the survey, says the KVS.