Any elector who is entitled to vote in an election and believes that a candidate has contravened a provision of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 (MEA) relating to election campaign finances can apply for a compliance audit of a candidates financial statement.
Municipal Elections Compliance Audit Committee
In accordance with the MEA, Hastings Highlands Council is required to have a Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee to consider compliance audit applications with regard to candidates financial statements filed under Section 81 of the MEA for the 2018 election.
Role of the Compliance Audit Committee
- Review any applications for a compliance audit of any candidate who ran for election to Hastings Highlands Council or was a Registered Third Party.
- Determine whether the application should be granted or rejected within 30 days of receipt of such application.
- Where an application is granted, appoint an auditor licensed under the Public Accounting Act, 2004 or prescribed persons are eligible to conduct a compliance audit of the candidate’s or registered third parties’ election campaign finances.
- Consider the report of the auditor within 30 days of receipt and may,
- If the report concludes that the candidate or registered third party appears to have contravened a provision of the MEA relating to election campaign finances, commence a legal proceeding against the candidate or registered third party for the apparent contravention;
- If the report concludes that the candidate or registered third party does not appear to have contravened a provision of the MEA relating to election campaign finances, make a finding as to whether there were reasonable grounds for the application.