MONTREAL, Oct. 30, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - There has never been so many candidates or so much interest in school board elections. There are also unprecedented problems with the voters lists. There were long line ups at some advance polls, and in some cases voters waited for up to two hours to vote. Elections officials have been overwhelmed and unable or unwilling to process the high number of requests for transfer from one list to another.
« We have learned that 5,000 people completed transfer forms to have their names transferred from the French boards to that of the English Montreal School Board. » says Frederic Lapointe, president of the LDAC. The Ligue has also learned that of the 5,000 people who requested their names be transferred to the EMSB, 3,200 names were successfully processed and now appear on the EMSB list. This fact brings uncertainty about the requests of 1,800 other peoples and the reason they are probably denied to vote in the school board of their choice.
« We are calling on elections officials to be both vigilant and flexible on the day of this critical vote for school boards » says Lapointe. « We feel that the problems with the voters lists require extra attention and we will be watching closely, with the cooperation of various candidates, so that there is no voter fraud because of these serious issues with the voters lists. »
The Civic Action League was founded in 2011 and is a rainbow coalition of citizens, activists and politicians concerned with corruption and civic engagement. The League has launched this week a non partisan public awareness campaign in cooperation with the Parents Committee of the Commission scolaire de Montréal encouraging citizens to vote on November 2 in the school board elections.
SOURCE: Ligue d'action civique
For further information: Frederic Lapointe, president of the Civic Action League (Ligue d'action civique), 514-668-7740