Elections Ontario finds ‘blatant contradiction’ in Liberal candidate’s nomination papers | Pro IQRA News

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Elections Ontario says it has found a “flagrant contravention” of the Elections Act following NDP complaints that a Chatham-area Liberal candidate used inappropriate signatures on nomination papers in the June 2 provincial election.

The state agency referred the matter to the Attorney General under Section 95 of the law, which carries a maximum fine of $5,000 upon conviction for providing false information to election officials.

“Once the Chief Electoral Officer reports an apparent violation, it may be investigated by the police service and prosecuted by the Crown with the approval of the Chief Electoral Officer,” said Elections Ontario compliance executive Kevin Thomas in a letter to New York. Democrats.

The NDP released the letter on Wednesday. The attorney general’s office did not respond to the Star’s request for comment.

In the heat of the campaign, the New Democrats called for the resignation of Liberal candidate Audrey Festeryga in Chatham-Kent-Leamington after replacing former candidate Alex Mazurek. teenager.

Advocate Festeryga withdrew before the election amid controversy, accusing the NDP of “slinging mud.” He did not return a request for comment Wednesday, and the Liberals declined to comment because the matter is before the attorney general.

In a race that has been a Progressive Conservative stronghold for years, voters elected the Conservative MPP by more than 5,000 votes.

Although all candidates are required to submit 25 signatures of approval from voters on their nomination papers, the New Democrats said Mazurek signed within five hours of his dismissal on May 12 and in time for 2:00 p.m. that day.

Ontario NDP staff reviewed two pages of endorsement signatures, with 15 signatures per page,” the party said in a May 18 complaint to Ontario Chief Electoral Officer Greg Essensa.

“Signatures were provided by constituents in various parts of the riding including Chatham, Tilbury, Leamington and others. Given the timeline and locations of the submitted signatures, it would have been physically impossible for Ms. Festeryga to collect these signatures within a few hours,” NDP legal counsel Akosua Matthews added in the complaint.

“The signatures were all dated May 11th and were witnessed by former OLP (Ontario Liberal Party) candidate Mr. Mazurek; not Mrs. Festeryga. The pages are scanned or photocopied, not original.’

Mazurek said eight years ago, when he was 15, the Facebook posts “were unacceptable then and they are unacceptable now and do not reflect the values ​​that I hold and stand for today … we hold the child to the same standards as the adults who wrote it.”

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