Rules for the "Best of Kelowna 2018"

Winners were announced online on June 5, 2018 (Tuesday) at 3:00 pm PST on bestof.KelownaNow.com

Categories will be published online, with a call for nominations on April 2, 2018 (Monday) at 10:00 am. Nominations are to be submitted by the general public over 19 days, closing on April 20, 2018 (Friday) at 3:00 pm. Nominees must be nominated by at least 5 voters to be eligible for a category. A maximum of 10 nominees for each category will move through to the voting round. If more than 10 nominees are received for a given category, the top 10 most-nominated will move on.

Voting for the successful “Best of Kelowna 2018” nominees begins on May 7, 2018 (Monday) at 10:00 am. Voters are able to vote for their favourites by completing the online voting form. In order to vote, users are registered on the site with an email address or by logging in with your Facebook account. Each person is allowed one vote per category.

Voting opened May 7, 2018 (Monday) at 10:00 am PST for a period of 15 days and closed on May 21, 2018 (Monday) at 3:00 pm.

More information and what to expect from us can be found here.

Nominees

Nominees in the categories will be supplied with a free Logo Premium Listing on KelownaNow.com for three months during the voting period where the viewer can click through to learn more about them. Nominees will have the ability to add links to their site, social media links, logo, contact info through their Logo Premium Listing. To update your listing please email bestofkelowna@kelownanow.com

After the voting process is complete, Nominees will be provided with the badges that they earned beside their names on the Best of Kelowna mini-site.

Winner – “Best of Kelowna 2018” or Top Finalist – “Best of Kelowna 2018”.

  • Only 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers will receive top finalist badges.
  • The Best of Kelowna badge will link to the “Best of Kelowna 2018” mini-site.
  • The Best of Kelowna mini-site will display the winners and finalists in list and map view. Winners and finalists will also be provided with a badge for their listing on the business directory.

Nomination Procedure

Nominators will use a form on the “Best of Kelowna 2018” mini-site (bestof.KelownaNow.com) to nominate in the established categories.

Nominators can complete the comprehensive nomination form or a portion of. A valid email address will be required to complete the nomination. At the completion of the nomination, the nominator will be asked if they wish to join our mailing list to stay informed on what’s happening in Kelowna via KelownaNow.com. On submission, they will be directed to a landing page informing them of the “Best of Kelowna 2018” rules and important dates. For complete rules and regulations, please visit rules.

Voting Procedure

  • Voters will need to either register with a valid email address, use their current KelownaNow.com registration, or their Facebook account to vote.
  • Each person will be allowed one vote per category.
  • All voting is to be done online at bestof.KelownaNow.com.
  • Voters can complete as many categories as they wish at any time. For example, they can do 5 one day and return the next and do 5 more and so on, until they have voted for each category once.
  • Social media shares will be available for voters to announce their choices as an option.
  • Voters will be able to complete the voting by visiting the comprehensive voting page, or by visiting a specific business' profile page

Voting Rules for the "Best of Kelowna 2018"

First things first: One Vote, Per Category, Per Person. You can vote as a registered user (email registration) on the site or with a Facebook account. Rest assured, we're serious about keeping your info private, but we do need to take steps to ensure a fair vote. Your e-mail address will be used to send your voting information to you, and we may send out one or two reminders near the end of voting if you haven't finished. But that's it - you won't hear any more from us unless of course, you want to. Select "Yes" to join our mailing list if you want us to hang on to your address. We'll add you to our newsletter, and you may even receive goodies from us once in awhile!

During the nomination process, you can fill the nomination form multiple times if you want to submit some nominations, then come back later and nominate more. However, you are only allowed to nominate a business in a category once. So you can't nominate two different businesses in the same category, nor can you nominate the same business twice.

The fine print: Limit of one (1) vote, per category, per person. You can vote as a registered user or with your Facebook account. If it is discovered that a voter has attempted to: (i) vote more than one time during the voting period; and/or (ii) use (or attempt to use) multiple names, identities and/or more than one (1) email address to vote - or otherwise participate, he/she may be disqualified from the competition and all of his/her votes may be disqualified. Use (or attempted use) of multiple identities, email addresses and/or any automated system to register for, vote, or otherwise participate in the voting is prohibited and is grounds for disqualification. KelownaNow is not responsible for late, lost, misdirected, delayed, incomplete or incompatible votes.

Any voters determined to be in violation of these rules (including, without limitation, votes determined to be coming from any source other than a registered voter) are subject to disqualification in the sole and absolute discretion of KelownaNow.

All votes are subject to verification. We reserve the right to require proof of identity and/or eligibility from any entrant (or any individual purporting to be an entrant) for any votes entered, or purportedly entered, by such voter to be considered valid for the purposes of the Best of Kelowna. Failure to provide such proof in a timely manner may result in disqualification of the applicable votes that cannot be verified in its sole and absolute discretion. The sole determinant of the time for the purposes of a valid voter registration and/or voting will be the Contest server machine(s).

This year only businesses located from Peachland to Lake Country, and the Big White area are eligible for nomination unless otherwise noted on the category.


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