Conservatives who won't be listed with the party affiliation on the ballot are Bill Clarke (Vancouver-Quilchena)

Conservatives who won't be listed with the party affiliation on the ballot are Bill Clarke (Vancouver-Quilchena)

Paperwork oops costs four Conservatives party label on ballot

Party now fielding 56 official candidates after glitch trims list

An error in submitting the final list of candidates is to blame for the fact four B.C. Conservative Party candidates will appear on the ballot without the party’s name, according to leader John Cummins.

The four candidates who will be listed without party affiliation are Christine Clarke (Burnaby-Lougheed), Wayne Marklund (Burnaby North), Manuel (Mike) Pratas (Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows) and former MP Bill Clarke (Vancouver-Quilchena).

The four can still campaign as Conservatives and they’re featured on the party’s website, but Elections BC won’t label them as B.C. Conservatives on the ballot.

Cummins said the error happened because the party had to resubmit its entire list of endorsed candidates to Elections BC after removing the names of other candidates who have been dumped for making offensive remarks.

“My understanding is the list we submitted was not a complete list,” Cummins said.

“At this point, Elections BC is not recognizing that an honest error was made and there should be a correction.”

The Conservatives are now officially fielding 56 candidates, well short of a target of all 85 districts.