Kamloops by-election turnout a dismal 21 per cent

By Greg Fry
September 30, 2017 - 9:29pm

KAMLOOPS — Twenty-one per cent.

That's how many people turned out to vote in Saturday's Kamloops by-election, giving Ken Christian the mayor's chair and Kathy Sinclair and Ray Dhaliwal the two council seats up for grabs.

The poor turnout shouldn't have been much of a surprise considering only 2,969 votes were cast in advance polls earlier this month.

By comparison, after three days of advance polls prior to the 2014 general election 2,526 people voted with total voter turnout after general voting day 33 per cent.

The 2015 performing arts centre referendum attracted 3,609 to two days of advance polls. Final turnout was 32 per cent after general voting day.

Christian elected mayor of Kamloops, Sinclair and Dhaliwal snag council seats