Saturday, May 19, 2012

Canadian Democracy Wins a Battle

FDA Blogger Rupinder writes:

Although the 2011 Canadian federal election that has been blighted with allegations of fraud, mismanagement, and processual irregularities, finally there is a heartening victory for democracy in Canada.

Justice Thomas Lederer has declared the results of the May 02, 2011 election in the riding of Etobicoke Centre void because of irregularities in the election process. Former Liberal MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj challenged the election results after losing the race by 26 votes to Conservative MP Ted Opitz.

In his 40-page decision, Justice Lederer presented the case as a “true conundrum” at the heart of which lies Canadians’ faith in the electoral process—while irregularities in the electoral process would shake that trust, so would the justice system putting aside the results of an election too easily.

After an analysis of 181 disputed ballots from 10 polling stations, Justice Lederer put aside 52 votes on account of failure of registration and 27 votes on account of failure of vouching.

Because 79 votes were put aside and because the winning margin was 26 votes, the election was declared void. This decision would lead to a by-election in Etobicoke Centre; however, if the judgment were appealed, then the case would appear in the Supreme Court.

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