De Genova Calls for Inclusive Ballot in Vision Vancouver Nomination Campaign

    VANCOUVER, March 28 /CNW/ - As Vision Vancouver prepares to hold a
nominating convention to decide who the party's Mayoral candidate will be,
Al De Genova is asking the party to ensure an inclusive, fair and coherent
process is in place on the day of voting.
    "We need a multilingual ballot so that all of Vancouver's diverse
communities can be involved in this exciting process and so that everyone has
a clear understanding of the choices before them. We also need to have a
preferential ballot where Vision Vancouver's members can state their first,
second and third choice on one ballot," said De Genova.
    Nomination meetings are often more spectacle than transparent democratic
process. As a new party, Vision Vancouver has an opportunity to move beyond
the smoke filled rooms and arm twisting that have frequently characterized
competitive races.
    Talking about his vision for how the nomination should be managed
De Genova went on to say, "with a preferential ballot we can be sure that
working families, seniors and all the citizens who want to be involved in
building this party and building the democratic process in the city can take
part in choosing a Mayoral candidate. With one vote, people can cast their
ballot and then get on with their busy lives without having to wait out
multiple ballots and the chaos and conflict that far too often come with old
style politics. With our new party, let's do things in a new and better way."
    "Finally, because this is such a competitive race, it is critical that
Vision Vancouver appoint a Chief Electoral Officer or some other neutral party
to oversee the entire process. Everything from advance polls, if there are
any, to vote counting and redistribution on the day of the vote - all of this
needs to be professionally and neutrally managed so that all the campaigns and
their supporters can have absolute confidence every step of the way,"
De Genova concluded.
    Vision Vancouver's governing body is currently making decisions about
how, when and where the nomination will take place. Mr. De Genova looks
forward to working closely with the party and with the other candidates toward
a transparent, democratic and fair nomination.

For further information:

For further information: Ian Baillie, Bill Cunningham, Campaign
Co-Chairs,,, (604)
761-5540, (604) 812-7395,

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