The Federal Court will see the challenge to results of several close ridings from the 2011 election, despite the Conservative party’s attempt to block the review. The CBC reports a group of voters, with backing from the Council of Canadians, want results in ridings affected by the robocall scandal to be overturned. In these areas, many citizens complained of receiving misleading phone calls directing them to other polling stations.
The Conservatives requested last month that the application for review be thrown out, claiming it was unsubstantiated and filed too late, writes the National Post. The Conservative Party won all seven seats in the ridings in question. Federal Court Justice Martha Milczynski said in her ruling that applications to dismiss the election results raise concerns over the integrity of the democratic process.
Overturning the results would force a by-election in each riding.
Friday, July 20, 2012