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Investigations

Investigations

Under the Election Act, the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act and the Recall and Initiative Act, the Chief Electoral Officer may conduct investigations of any matter that might contravene either Act or its regulations.

How to make a complaint

Complaints of potential contraventions of the Election Act, the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, or the Recall and Initiative Act should be made in writing to:

Email address
investigations@elections.bc.ca

Mailing address
PO Box 9275 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria BC, V8W 9J6

When making a complaint, please state clearly how the Election Act,  the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, or the Recall and Initiative Act may have been violated. You are asked to provide:

  • Your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address and fax number (if applicable)
  • A factual description of the matter including events, dates, circumstances, actions or inactions that you believe may constitute an offence
  • The section or sections of the applicable legislation that may have been violated
  • Copies of any relevant documents, including screen shots (if the complaint is about something online)

We take any potential contravention of the legislation we administer seriously and will review every complaint we receive. If a complaint does not result in an investigation or other recourse, we will tell the complainant why we have made this decision.

Policies

Administrative monetary penalties

The Election Act establishes administrative monetary penalties for some cases of non-compliance with the Act. The Chief Electoral Officer has the authority to determine the amount of the penalty within ranges established by the Act.

This policy outlines how we investigate cases that may result in an administrative monetary penalty. It is based on principles of administrative fairness, and designed to ensure that the subject of an investigation has a reasonable opportunity to be heard before an administrative monetary penalty is imposed.