Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Saskatchewan Conservative alleges election irregularities

I doubt the result will be overturned, but it is interesting to read yet more about the Liberal dirty tactics.

Harrison, who was first elected in 2004, said the Conservatives are suspicious about voter turnout levels that seemed to reach 100 per cent on some First Nations in the riding.

"We got reports of things like the Liberals driving around and threatening Natives that they wouldn't get their cheque if they didn't vote Liberal, reports we had from individuals of plans to stuff ballot boxes.

"Even the last poll, somehow it took three-and-a-half hours to count the last poll and lo and behold, it was nearly 100 per cent turnout, all of which went Liberal, just enough votes to go over the top. So we're really concerned. These are the kinds of things that happen in banana republics, not in our country," he said.

Harrison also said Elections Canada had not appointed the people put forward by his campaign as deputy returning officers.

As well, there were problems with voters not receiving their identification cards or being directed to vote in the wrong area, he said. And the campaign only received the voting list a day before the election, not the three days stipulated by law, he added.

Harrison added his campaign did not have scrutineers at all of the polling stations on the reserves because of the remote locations.

Third-place finisher Anita Jackson of the NDP said her office also received complaints about Liberal tactics, and she supports a recount and an investigation.

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