Section 88.37 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 (Act) requires all municipalities and local boards to establish a compliance audit committee.

At the August 13, 2018  Council meeting, Chatham-Kent Council approved the appointments for the Compliance Audit Committee for the term of December 1, 2018 to November  15, 2022.

Mike Lowther,  Mike Phipps, Daniel Whittal

The role of a Compliance Audit Committee is to review and consider compliance audit applications received from an eligible elector who believes that a candidate or registered third party has contravened a provision of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 relating to election campaign finances.


The Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee shall have the authority to:

  •  consider a compliance audit application received from an eligible elector and decide whether it should be granted or rejected;

  • appoint an auditor to conduct a compliance audit, if the application is granted;

  • receive the auditor’s report; and,

  • commence legal proceedings against the candidate or registered third party, if the report concludes that the candidate or registered third party appears to have contravened a provision of the Act relating to election campaign finances.

An elector who is entitled to vote in an election and believes on reasonable grounds that a candidate or registered third party has contravened a provision of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 relating to election campaign finances may apply for a compliance audit.

The Application for a Compliance Audit Request must include the reasons for the elector’s belief that the candidate or registered third party has contravened the Act. The application must be made by June 27, 2019. There is no fee associated with the application process.

Within 10 days after receiving the application, the City Clerk will forward the application to the compliance audit committee for consideration.

Within 30 days after receiving the application, the committee will consider the application and decide whether it should be granted or rejected. The decision of the committee may be appealed to the Ontario Court of Justice within 15 days after the decision is made and the court may make any decision the committee could have made.


2018 Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee Meetings and Minutes 

DateTimeLocationAgenda Minutes

May 22, 2019

5:00 p.m.

Room 212, Civic Centre

Agenda

Minutes

June 19, 2019

4:30 p.m.

Room 212 Civic Centre

Agenda

Decision
July 22, 2019
5:00 p.m.
Room 212 Civic Centre
Agenda
Decision

This meeting will be held  in accordance with the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 and the Municipality of Chatham-Kent’s 2018 Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee Rules of Procedure.