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NEWS: Council supports legal action to overturn Vancouver Island North election results

The Campbell River Courier-Islander reports, “The election of Vancouver Island North MP John Duncan last May is being challenged in federal court ‘on the grounds that there were irregularities, fraud, or corrupt or illegal practices that affected the result of the election’. Cumberland resident Yvonne Kafka has filed a notice of application with the Federal Court of Canada alleging that an automated phone call she received on or just before the May 2, 2011 election day directing her to an incorrect voting location, was ‘part of an organized campaign to suppress the vote in her riding for certain candidates, and thereby affect the result of the election’.”

“On Tuesday, the Council of Canadians announced that it is supporting applications under the Canada Elections Act by individual Canadians seeking to overturn federal election results in seven ridings including Kafka’s Vancouver Island North application.”

“‘We are supporting applications where there was a narrow margin in the last election and there is strong evidence that the outcome was affected,’ Council of Canadians spokesperson Dylan Penner told the Courier-Islander Wednesday. ‘Vancouver Island North met those criteria.'”

The article concludes, “Duncan declined a request for comment Wednesday. ‘As this is a legal matter, it would be inappropriate to comment at this time,’ said press secretary Jan O’Driscoll. O’Driscoll forwarded a statement from the Conservative Party of Canada. ‘This is a transparent attempt to overturn certified election results simply because this activist group doesn’t like them,’ said Fred DeLorey, Director of Communications for the Conservative Party of Canada, in regards to the court actions supported by the Council of Canadians. ‘We will do our part to defend the results of these elections, and are confident that the courts will dismiss this attempt to overturn them made on behalf of the parties that lost.'”

The full Postmedia News article is at http://www.canada.com/Duncan+election+being+challenged+court/6383792/story.html.