Anne Lagacé Dowson, who was defeated in her run for chair of the English Montreal School Board, is calling for a formal investigation in one ward and a recount in another after Sunday’s school board election.
Lagacé Dowson says the vote in Ward 7 (Ahuntsic/Montreal North) was rigged.
Sylvia Lo Bianco, the candidate seeking re-election in that ward under the banner of Team Angela Mancini, won by a margin of about 800 votes. Lo Bianco’s sister ran the polling station.
“The sister of the candidate gave the green light to all kinds of people who walked up and who showed ID and were able to vote — despite a clear directive from the director general of elections, which we respected,” said Lagacé Dowson.
Lagaçé Dowson has asked the province's education ministry to launch a formal investigation.
“A lot of really good intentions were invested in this election — by our candidates, by a lot of the voters — and we're very puzzled as to how these things happened.”
Lo Bianco would not comment on the allegations but told CBC that Lagacé Dowson was picking on her.
Incumbent Chair Angela Mancini, whose team won eight of the 10 commissioner seats, confirms her candidate’s sister was running the polling station. She said that doesn’t break any rules.
“I think that's unfortunate that [Lagacé Dowson] thought that's the way she could win her election,” Mancini said.
Lagacé Dowson is also calling for a recount in Ward 6, which covers St. Michel, Villeray and part of Rosemont and the Plateau.
Her candidate, Agostino Cannavino, lost to Dominic Furfaro of Team Angela Mancini by 11 votes.
Lagacé Dowson's team was victorious in one out of 10 wards, with commissioner-elect Julian Feldman winning in Ward 3 (Montreal West / NDG).
For all the results: RESULTS: School board elections: Who won in your district?