Election candidate says 'broadcast' rules go too far

Elections Nunavut has requrested that all candidates in the Nunavut election take down their websites by midnight Saturday, but one candidate says that's an overly broad interpretation of 'broadcasting.'

One of the candidates in the territorial election is not happy with Elections Nunavut.

Anne Crawford is running in the Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu constituency. She says Elections Nunavut told candidates to remove election material from their websites or Facebook pages by late Saturday night.

Nunavut election candidate Anne Crawford wants to know why web content has to be removed, but candidates are allowed to leave existing signs and posters up and they've already handed out brochures. (Courtesy Anne Crawford)

Crawford is demanding to know why web content has to be removed, but candidates are allowed to leave existing signs and posters up and they've already handed out brochures.

"If we're told not to put new things up I understand that," she told CBC. "But being told to take down existing material is like being told to take down all our signs or go back to everybody's door and take back our pamphlets. It doesn't make sense."

Crawford is asking the Chief Electoral Officer to review section 255 of the Elections Act and clarify what it really means.

She wonders if Sandy Kusugak is interpreting the meaning of "broadcasting" too broadly.

CBC has not been able to reach Kusugak for comment.

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