04/30/2013 01:18 EDT | Updated 06/30/2013 05:12 EDT

Kamloops North Thompson Candidates Don't Live There

B.C. Gov

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - It's totally within provincial election rules, but it's still a rare situation in the riding of Kamloops-North Thompson because none of the four candidates actually live in the riding boundaries.

Incumbent Liberal Terry Lake, N-D-P challenger Kathy Kendall and B-C X party hopeful John Ford all live in nearby Kamloops-South Thompson.

B.C. Conservative party representative Ed Klop is a fly-in candidate from the Shuswap riding.

Elections B.C. spokesman Don Main says acceptable candidates must be over the age of 18, a Canadian citizen, a B.C. resident for at least six months, and not disqualified by the Election Act.

But he says nothing in the rules prohibits a non-resident from running in any riding.

When asked about the situation, several Kamloops-North Thompson residents said it doesn't bother them that their MLA is guaranteed to be a non-resident.



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