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Yukon chief electoral officer dismisses all concerns in Mountainview riding inquiry

Based on the information she gathered in her two-week-long inquiry, Lori McKee says 'no offence has been committed' following concerns raised about all three parties from its citizens in the McIntyre subdivision of Whitehorse.

Concerns centred around proxy voters, special ballots, and purposely telling people wrong election day

Chief electoral officer Lori McKee says 'no offence has been committed' following concerns raised about all three parties from its citizens in the McIntyre subdivision of Whitehorse. (Paul Tukker/CBC)

After a two-week-long inquiry into concerns about proxy voting, special ballots and purposeful misinformation in the Mountainview riding in Whitehorse, Yukon's chief electoral officer says "no offence has been committed" in accordance with the territory's Election Act. 

The complaints came from some people who live in the McIntyre subdivision in the Kwanlin Dün First Nation 

The First Nation issued a letter in early October, cautioning candidates after it says it received "numerous complaints" about "questionable tactics" being used to get its citizens to the polls.

Some people said representatives from the Yukon Party had told them the election was on Oct. 8, not Nov. 7. 

Kwanlin Dün member Nolan Charlie told CBC he was drunk and walking down the street Thanksgiving weekend when he was offered a ride to go vote.

"These two women in a vehicle came [and] asked me just to go vote. And I said OK," Charlie said last month.

A letter sent by the Kwanlin Dun First Nation on Oct. 14 to Yukon election candidates refers to 'questionable tactics' used by some campaigners. (CBC)
"I was drinking. I was not normal — I was drunk. And then, yeah, they took me down towards Westmark [Hotel], I think, to vote ... and then I stayed downtown."

Lori McKee, Yukon's chief electoral officer, says she interviewed those who had firsthand involvement in the concern, including the returning officer and the assistant returning officer.

"The statements made by the electors and the information collected during the interviews did not indicate that electors were told that it was Election Day," McKee wrote in a release about the outcome of her inquiry.

"Driving an elector to a polling place is commonly accepted within the community. In my opinion, in order to become an offence, there would have to be some additional form of inducement, such as providing cash or other reward for voting."

No wrongdoing with proxy voters, special ballots

McKee's statement also says concerns were raised about how the Yukon Liberal Party campaign was obtaining proxy applications, which is how someone applies to have someone else vote for them at the polling station, as they are unable to go themselves. 

McKee said in this case, an offence against the Elections Act — or at all — had not been committed. 

The inquiry also looked at a complaint that special ballots had not been delivered to some people in the Moutainview riding. 

But McKee said after talking with the person responsible for delivering those ballots in that area, he or she said they were all delivered on Nov. 3 when they were supposed to and therefore "no offence had been committed."

The inquiry did not identify the specific people who raised these concerns to Yukon Elections, so as to encourage people to continue to approach McKee if they have "legitimate concerns."

Polls for the 2016 Yukon election close Monday at 8 p.m. PT.