Election Compliance Audit Committee

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Staff Representative: S.C. Bernardi, Executive Director - 905.885.4544 Ext. 2231

On July 13, 2010 the Municipality of Port Hope adopted By-law 67/2010 to authorize the establishment of a Joint Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee for the Municipality of Port Hope and Northumberland County Partner Municipalities regarding campaign finances for the upcoming 2010 Municipal Election.

The amendments to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 contained in Bill 212 (Good Government Act, 2009) made changes to Section 81 and introduced a new section 81.1 to make an Election Compliance Audit Committee mandatory for all municipalities and local boards. 

Under the amended Section 81.1 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, an elector who is entitled to vote and believes on reasonable grounds that a candidate has contravened a provision of the Municipal Elections Act regarding campaign finances, may apply for an election compliance audit.

By-law 67/2010 - Terms of Reference of the Election Compliance Audit Committee

Mandate

The powers and functions of the Committeee are set out in subsections 81(3), (4), (7), (10) and (11) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996. The Committee shall be required to act as a quasi-judicial body to:

  1. Consider a compliance audit application received by an elector and decide whether it should be granted or rejected;
  2. If the application is granted, appoint an auditor;
  3. Receive the auditor's report;
  4. Consider the auditor's report and decide whether legal proceedings should be commenced.

Membership

The Committee will be composed of three (3) members, with membership drawn from the following stakeholder groups appointed to represent each of the seven Northumberland county municipalities with the term of office being mandated to be the same as the term of Council, with the Committee meeting as needed when a compliance audit application is received and required disposition:

  • Accounting and Audit - accountants or auditors with experience in preparing and auditing the financial statements of municipal candidates;
  • Academic - college or university professors with expertise in politicial science or local government administration;
  • Legal; and
  • Other individuals with knowledge of the campaign financing rules of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996

Composition shall not include:

  1. Employees or officers of the municipality or local board;
  2. Members of council or local board; or
  3. Any persons who are candidates in the election for which the commitee is established pursuant to clause 81(3.2)(b) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.

Election Compliance Audit Committee Minutes