In­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues into mail bal­lot reg­is­tra­tion al­le­ga­tions

Asian Journal - - WORLD -

Sur­rey: The Sur­rey RCMP con­tin­ues to in­ves­ti­gate con­cerns of any pos­si­ble wrong­do­ing in Sur­rey’s mail bal­lot reg­is­tra­tion process for the 2018 Civic Elec­tion. Po­lice are ap­peal­ing to any po­ten­tial vic­tims to con­tact po­lice di­rectly in or­der to ex­pe­dite this in­ves­ti­ga­tion. To date, the Sur­rey RCMP has only re­ceived third party al­le­ga­tions of any wrong­do­ing in the elec­tion process. No in­di­vid­u­als have come for­ward to the Sur­rey RCMP to say that they have been vic­tim­ized in any mat­ters re­lated to the vot­ing process.

Sur­rey RCMP in­ves­ti­ga­tors have re­ceived a to­tal of 72 mail bal­lot reg­is­tra­tion ap­pli­ca­tions from Sur­rey’s Chief Elec­tions Of­fi­cer as a re­sult of some noted ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the ap­pli­ca­tions. In­ves­ti­ga­tors are re­view­ing each of these ap­pli­ca­tion forms and fol­low­ing up with each reg­is­trant to en­sure the le­git­i­macy of each ap­pli­ca­tion and whether or not the ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties were as a re­sult of an in­no­cent er­ror on the part of the ap­pli­cant. The Sur­rey RCMP is ask­ing any­one who be­lieves they have been or may have been vic­tim­ized or un­duly co­erced for votes or per­sonal in­for­ma­tion for vot­ing pur­poses, to re­port it di­rectly to the po­lice through our new ded­i­cated phone line for this in­ves­ti­ga­tion at 604599-7848.

“It is ex­tremely im­por­tant that we re­ceive first­hand com­plaints from any in­di­vid­u­als who may have been vic­tim­ized so we can prop­erly in­ves­ti­gate these in­ci­dents,” says Cor­po­ral Elenore Sturko. “We un­der­stand the time-sen­si­tiv­ity of this sit­u­a­tion and have ded­i­cated a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of re­sources and a new tip line to this in­ves­ti­ga­tion, so the cit­i­zens of Sur­rey can be con­fi­dent in the elec­tion process.” As noted by Chief Elec­tions Of­fi­cer, An­thony Ca­puc­cinello Iraci, dur­ing the City of Sur­rey’s press con­fer­ence on Oc­to­ber 1st the elec­tion has not been com­pro­mised as no bal­lots were sent out by mail and the mail bal­lot process has been amended to fur­ther pro­tect the in­tegrity of the elec­tion.

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