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Meeting Summary – Annual General Meeting – October 11–12, 2012

2) Contested Elections and the Role of Elections Canada

Stéphane Perrault gave a presentation on contested elections and Elections Canada's role. A copy of the presentation was provided to participants.

Discussion

In response to questions, Elections Canada clarified some facts pertaining to the Etobicoke Centre contestation:

The CEO noted that the reliance on over 200,000 temporary staff who work for a 15-hour day after receiving only 2.5 hours of training is one of the main challenges in ensuring all procedural requirements are met. One way Elections Canada is looking to address this is by redesigning the voting process on polling day.

Elections Canada also clarified its role and that of the Commissioner of Canada Elections, in the context of contested elections: