VANCOUVER — The City of Vancouver says none of the municipal candidates named in a lawsuit by its Chief Electoral Officer will be disqualified, whether or not a judge agrees to remove names in non-Latin characters from ballots. .

Rosemary Hagiwara had asked the provincial court to decide whether 15 candidates should be allowed to have their names printed on the October 15 ballot papers in Chinese or Persian characters, in addition to the Latin alphabet.

Respondents include Nonpartisan Association mayoral candidate Fred Harding, outgoing NPA councilor Melissa De Genova, and longtime Vision Vancouver school councilor Allan Wong.

The case was adjourned until Friday morning.

But the city says regardless of the decision on Hagiwara’s request to clean up non-Latin characters, no candidate will be barred, and the drawing of names to decide their order on the ballots will take place as scheduled at 5 p.m. hours Friday.

The city says the ballots for the Vancouver election will comply with any court order.

Respondents to Hagiwara’s candidacy included 10 candidates from the NPA, two from Vision Vancouver and one from OneCity Vancouver, Forward Together and COPE.

Vision had defended its candidates’ use of non-Latin characters in their common names while accusing its rivals of “cultural appropriation” by seeking to use Chinese names adopted for electoral purposes.

Harding said he used a Chinese name for many years because half of his family on his wife’s side is Chinese.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on September 15, 2022.

The Canadian Press