Private Member's Bill

Ensuring Transparency and Integrity in Political Party Elections Act, 2019


The Bill enacts the Ensuring Transparency and Integrity in Political Party Elections Act, 2019. The Act provides rules relating to the election of an official party candidate for an electoral district, the election of a leader of a political party and the election of a president of a political party.

The Act requires a report to be filed with the Chief Electoral Officer within seven days after an election and the report must set out, among other things, the number of persons who were eligible to vote in the election, the number of person who voted and the number of votes that each candidate received. The Chief Electoral Officer must publish the information in the report on the Internet. It is an offence not to file a report or to make a false statement in a report.

The Act permits a candidate to contest the validity of an election by commencing an action in the Superior Court of Justice.

The Act sets out various offences relating to voting in an election, including voting when not being eligible to vote or voting more than once, mishandling ballot papers, furnishing false or misleading information to an election official, or inducing or procuring an unqualified person to vote. The penalty for these offences is a fine of not more than $5,000. If any of those offences is committed knowingly, the person is liable to a fine of not more than $25,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than two years less a day, or to both. It is also an offence to wilfully miscount ballots and the penalty is a fine of not more than $25,000 or imprisonment for a term of not more than two years less a day, or to both.

Provisions in the Election Finances Act that require the reporting and publication of information relating to nomination contests are repealed. Those requirements are re-enacted in the Ensuring Transparency and Integrity in Political Party Elections Act, 2019.

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Ensuring Transparency and Integrity in Political Party Elections Act, 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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