RCMP say voter fraud, other claims in B.C., un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Calgary Herald - - CITY+REGION -

SURR E Y, B.C. Find­ings and al­le­ga­tions of voter fraud have been made in sev­eral Metro Van­cou­ver cities with just a week to go be­fore provincewide civic elec­tions.

Moun­ties in Sur­rey said Fri­day that they found 67 fraud­u­lent ap­pli­ca­tions to vote by mail when they fol­lowed up on 73 peo­ple whose per­sonal in­for­ma­tion was used to com­plete mail-in bal­lots.

The City of Van­cou­ver also re­leased a state­ment say­ing it was aware of mes­sages cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia mes­sag­ing sys­tem WeChat that ap­pear to of­fer money in ex­change for vot­ing in Rich­mond, Burn­aby and Van­cou­ver.

It says the al­le­ga­tions have been for­warded to both Van­cou­ver po­lice and RCMP in Rich­mond and Burn­aby.

RCMP in Sur­rey say the fraud­u­lent ap­pli­ca­tions have not been linked to any civic elec­tion can­di­date or party.

Po­lice say they have iden­ti­fied and in­ter­viewed two peo­ple of in­ter­est, how­ever fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion is needed to de­ter­mine if crim­i­nal charges or charges un­der the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act are war­ranted.

No bal­lots were sent to in­di­vid­u­als

or res­i­dences and po­lice say the process to ap­ply for a mail-in bal­lot was changed by Sur­rey’s chief elec­tions of­fi­cer on Oct. 1.

The RCMP says it doesn’t rou­tinely re­lease de­tails of on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions, but the up­date was pro­vided to re­as­sure the pub­lic and al­low for trans­parency in the elec­tion.

“It is im­por­tant for the pub­lic to rec­og­nize that mea­sures were taken by the chief elec­tions of­fi­cer to amend the ap­pli­ca­tion process to pre­serve the in­tegrity of the elec­tion process,” the re­lease says.

Moun­ties say they were also made aware of third-hand in­for­ma­tion about in­ter­na­tional stu­dents giv­ing their per­sonal de­tails in ex­change for money.

Po­lice say they’ve found no ev­i­dence to sub­stan­ti­ate those claims nor has any­one come for­ward to com­plain.


Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.