As the 2012 Town of Golden Byelection gets closer the Kicking Horse Country Chamber of Commerce is preparing to host an All Candidates Forum to be held at the Golden Senior Centre on Thursday August 23.
Doors for the event will open at 6:30 p.m. with the forum running from 7 to 9 p.m.
Manager of the Kicking Horse Country Chamber of Commerce Ruth Hamilton explained why the date was chosen to host the event.
“We wanted to ensure that those voting in the Advance Poll on Wednesday, August 29 had the same opportunities to hear the candidates as those voting on September 8,” she said.
Hamilton also explained the rules and procedures for the forum.
Between 6 to 6:30 p.m. there will be a number of tables available for the candidates to set up information and posters.
Doors will open to the public at 6:30 p.m. Candidates will then be asked to present themselves to the chairperson at the head table promptly at 6:45 p.m. to draw for order of speaking.
The meeting will be called to order promptly at 7 p.m. and the candidates will be seated alphabetically at the speakers table before they are introduced in this order.
Each candidate will be allotted two minutes to make an opening statement in response to a question from the Forum Moderator provided in advance of the forum.
Each candidate will receive three “wild cards” to be used to answer questions that have been directed to other candidates, if they so choose.
During a question and answer period, questions will be received from the floor in oral form.
Questions from the floor must be directed to an individual candidate, the moderator will have the responsibility of ensuring that questions are directed to the appropriate candidate.
The candidate has one minute to answer the question and then additional candidates may also reply to a question using one of their “wild cards.”
The chairperson will rule out of order any person who attempts to use the meeting as a platform for expressing a point-of-view on any issue.
Questions from the floor will be limited to one per individual to ensure as wide of a participation from the community as possible.
The forum will adjourn at 9 p.m. with time given to the candidates to make themselves available to the public until 9:30 p.m. to answer any questions.
Hamilton explained why she felt it is an important event to attend.
“There will also be a wide variety of questions asked from the Kicking Horse Country Chamber of Commerce and from the floor. The open mike provides Golden voters a chance to ask questions directly to the candidates and in addition learn about the five candidates from other questions submitted from the floor,” she said.
“The forum is the perfect opportunity to discover how knowledgeable these candidates are in all matters of our community and the value they believe they can bring to the position if elected.”