Incumbents retain NSSWD – Gulf Islands Driftwood director seats
North Salt Spring Waterworks District (NSSWD) voters stayed the course by re-electing incumbent directors Michael McAllister and Sandra Ungerson.
The results of a mail ballot election were released at the NSSWD’s annual general meeting on Thursday evening with Ungerson leading the polls with 373 votes, followed by McAllister with 364, Leigh Large with 293, David Wardlaw with 157 and Richard Swann with 89.
McAllister and Ungerson are currently Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board. McAllister chaired Thursday’s AGM which was held at the Community Gospel Chapel and virtually via Microsoft Teams with 20 people in attendance.
Of the 776 ballots received by the April 27 deadline, 95 were canceled or rejected.
NSSWD finance officer/office manager Tammy Lannan said about half of spoiled ballots saw people not following instructions to just put an X in the space next to the name of a candidate. Checkmarks or space-filling were not acceptable, she explained.
The other main issue was that voters had no one to witness their signature on the ballot envelope, or the witness may have signed a name but failed to provide a legible, printed version of their name or phone number, as required.
Additionally, five envelopes were received in the NSSWD after the April 27 deadline.
Lannan said 3,146 ballots were mailed to NSSWD landowners.
For more information on the AGM, see the May 11 issue of Driftwood.