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Independent audit report on the performance of the duties and functions of Election Officers – By-election May 6, 2019

5 Conclusion

We conclude that election officers properly exercised the powers conferred on them, and properly performed the duties and functions imposed on them under sections 143 to 149, 161 to 162 and 169 of the CEA, on all days of advance polling and on polling day for this by-election.

Overall, our testing results confirmed that for regular electors (approximately 99% of electors) and for the 1% of electors who were subject to special procedures, there were some inconsistencies in the completion of procedures. However, these errors were not pervasive. Overall, there are no major findings stemming from our audit.

The assessment of EC’s current training program for election officers confirmed that it is comprehensive and effective for providing prescriptive guidance and support to the temporary workforce that was hired to work at the by-election.

In reaching our conclusion, we considered the following factors:

  1. We were not charged with auditing the election results, our scope was limited and did not touch on the duties of all election officers and we did not assess all of the duties of the election officers we did observe. For example, we did not observe the counting of the ballots and recording and reporting of voting results.
  2. We did not note any major findings.
  3. We did observe certain errors in the completeness and accuracy of documentation and have reported those errors as other observations.
  4. The issues that we observed and reported do not affect our underlying conclusion as set out above.