PEI

P.E.I. Green Party withdraws District 9 candidate

The Green Party of P.E.I has withdrawn Susan Hartley as a nomination contestant from Friday’s nomination vote for the District 9 deferred election, the party said in a news release.

The withdrawal is a result of a ruling by Chief Electoral Officer Tim Garrity

The upcoming District 9 election is not considered a byelection, but a deferred election, says Tim Garrity, P.E.I.'s chief electoral officer. (Brian Higgins/CBC)

The Green Party of P.E.I. has withdrawn Susan Hartley as a contestant from Friday's nomination vote for the District 9 deferred election, the party said in a news release.

The withdrawal is a result of a ruling by Chief Electoral Officer Tim Garrity on the interpretation of a section of the Election Act.

"There was a question that came forward from the Green Party themselves just asking about this part of the Election Act and asking for our interpretation of it," Garrity said.

Can't run in the same election

Susan Hartley was a candidate in the recent provincial election in District 2, making her ineligible for the deferred election. (Green Party of P.E.I.)

The interpretation ruling has to do with Section 38 of the Election Act, which says that "No person shall be eligible for nomination in more than one electoral district."

Hartley was a candidate in the recent provincial election in District 2 Georgetown-Pownal, making her ineligible.

The District 9 election didn't take place due to the death of Green candidate Josh Underhay and his young son.

That means the upcoming election is not considered a byelection, but a deferred election, Garrity said. 

"This District 9 election that will be taking place at some point in the near future is just an extension of the 2019 general election."

Garrity said he sent a letter with the ruling to all Island parties to clarify the rules.

Surprised by ruling

Martin Ruben, P.E.I. Green Party president said he was surprised by the ruling.

"This is the first time we have encountered a deferred election as a party."

John Andrew is the lone Green nomination candidate for District 9. (Green Party of P.E.I.)

Ruben said the party had a process to identify two qualified candidates and now the party is down to one, John Andrew.

"We had no idea that this particular part of the Election Act would apply in this case and we were very surprised."

The Green Party nomination meeting in District 9 will take place Friday, May 24 at 7 p.m. at the Hillsborough Community Centre.

More P.E.I. news

With files from Angela Walker

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.