Council agrees to plan to appoint election compliance committee

Mapleton council has agreed to a Wellington County plan to delegate authority to create a joint compliance audit committee for the upcoming municipal election to closed meeting investigator Norm Gamble.

CAO Patty Sinnamon reported at the June 24 meeting that the Municipal Elections Act requires that every municipality and school board appoint a compliance audit committee prior to Oct. 1.

The committee is authorized to address applications requesting an audit of a candidate’s election campaign finances.

Sinnamon explained the County and the member municipality clerks agreed to recommend that a joint committee be appointed and that Gamble be delegated the authority to appoint the members, in order to maintain independence from the council members. Gamble is also the township’s closed meeting investigator.

Under the Municipal Elections Act, any elector who is entitled to vote in an election and believes on reasonable grounds that a candidate has contravened a provision of the act pertaining to election campaign finances, may apply in writing to the clerk for a compliance audit of the candidate’s election campaign finances.