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

4) Compliance with Procedural Requirements on Voting Day

Rennie Molnar (Deputy Chief Electoral Officer, Electoral Events) gave a presentation on Elections Canada's plans to address compliance with voting day procedures. A copy of the presentation was provided to participants.

Elections Canada has engaged Harry Neufeld, independent consultant and former Chief Electoral Officer of British Columbia, to investigate causes and possible solutions to the issue of non-compliance with voting day procedures. As part of this process, Mr. Neufeld is seeking representatives from political parties to participate in a one-day workshop on November 15 in Ottawa and to comment on research findings and an interim report during the period following the activity. Political parties were asked to nominate one technical expert per party to participate in this Technical Experts Group.

Discussion

In response to questions and comments, several aspects of the compliance review process and short-term plans for upcoming by-elections were clarified:

Other issues raised by members included: