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Victoria has set a date for the by-election to replace former Councillor Laurel Collins, after delays brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

General Voting Day will take place on Saturday, December 12.

The nomination period for prospective candidates opened on Tuesday at 9 a.m. and will close at 4 p.m. on Friday, November 6, 2020.

Those interested in running can obtain a candidate nomination form from legislative services at Victoria City Hall by calling 250-361-0571 or by emailing elections@victoria.ca.

Completed nomination forms can be filed in-person by appointment only with legislative services, or sent in by email.

The City says that only eligible candidates who have filed their papers by the close of nomination will be included on the ballot.

Candidates will be profiled in an online guide on the City website by November 17.

The byelection for Collins’ former seat on Council was originally scheduled for April 4 but was cancelled on March 18 by the provincial government due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Initial estimates pegged the cost of the by-election at $170,000, $90,000 of which had already been spent before the cancellation of the vote in March.

Staff say that an additional $350,000 could be needed to properly fund the by-election in December.

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