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Report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada Following the May 15, 2000 By-election held in St. John's West


This report fulfils the statutory obligation of the Chief Electoral Officer to report on the by-election held in the electoral district of St. John's West on May 15, 2000.

The by-election proceeded efficiently and successfully, and in accordance with our plans. Communications, revision and voting were all conducted without untoward incidents. The by-election also gave Elections Canada an opportunity to refine our procedures and to test recent technological advances in preparation for the next federal general election, while at the same time providing electors and candidates with progressive electoral administration and services.

As is customary, this report has reviewed other developments since the previous by-elections in November 1999, highlighting both legislative reform and technological developments. We continue to innovate as we pursue our goal of a Canadian electoral system that is a model of modern practices, accessibility and transparency.