Legal proceedings instituted by the Chief Electoral Officer under the Act respecting School elections - A guilty verdict is handed down for an offence related to the November 4, 2007 school elections



    QUEBEC, June 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Marcel Blanchet, Chief Electoral Officer
of Québec, wishes to inform the public that a guilty verdict has been handed
down in a file concerning a violation of the Act respecting School elections
(ASE).
    During the election period leading up to the November 4, 2007 school
elections, Ms. Jinny Bourassa, who was running for a commissioner's position
with the Commission scolaire des Samares allowed advertising expenses to be
paid other than in the manner prescribed by the Act respecting School
elections. Section 206.39 of this Act stipulates that an authorized candidate
may only pay the cost of an election expense out of an election fund.
    It should be noted that this offence constitutes a corrupt electoral
practice. The fact of being found guilty of such an offence means that Ms.
Bourassa is prohibited from exercising her election rights, notably those of
voting, running for election or engaging in partisan work, for a period of
five years.

    The default hearing was held on May 29th of this year. The accused was
found guilty of the offence brought against her. She is also required to pay a
fine of $1,000, plus expenses.
    -%SU: CPN
    -%RE: 67




For further information:

For further information: Cynthia Gagnon, Information officer, (418)
644-3320, 1 888 870-3320, cgagnon@dgeq.qc.ca

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