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Less than 1% of B.C.'ers have sent in electoral reform ballots

Last Updated Nov 5, 2018 at 4:52 pm PDT

FILE (Sonia Aslam, NEWS 1130 Photo)

Elections BC says ballots are starting to trickle in for the province’s referendum on electoral reform.

It says the initial mailout of referendum voting packages is now complete and so far it has received back just over 22,000, 0.7 per cent of total of eligible voters.

Elections BC started sending out the ballot on Oct. 22 and its deadline to receive the completed voting packages is 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 30.

Elections BC says rotating strikes by Canada Post workers have so far not materially impacted the referendum timing, but it continues to monitor the situation closely and can extend the voting period if necessary.

Premier John Horgan and opposition Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson will square off on the merits of proportional representation this Thursday, Nov. 8.

The provincial NDP argues that a new system would make B.C.’s election fairer, while the Liberals claim proportional representation would result in extremist seats in the Legislature in Victoria.

with files from The Canadian Press