Ballots within the disputed management contest between Heather Stefanson and Shelly Glover had been stored beneath “lock and key” and officers from each campaigns oversaw the validation and counting of ballots, in accordance with new paperwork filed with the Court docket of Queen’s Bench.
The Manitoba Progressive Conservative Celebration filed three sworn affidavits disputing Glover’s claims that officers didn’t correctly safe ballots within the election, which she misplaced to Stefanson.
Glover has not conceded defeat and has filed an utility with the court docket to have the outcomes tossed out and a brand new election referred to as.
She claims the overall variety of votes forged fluctuated on election day, Oct. 30, and the celebration didn’t correctly safe the ballots.
Three sworn affidavits from officers concerned within the election lay out intimately how the ballots had been collected, secured, verified and counted.
The celebration employed Paladin Safety to take possession of the poll packages as they arrived on the PC celebration headquarters at 23 Kennedy St. and ship them to the workplace of the accounting agency Scarrow and Donald LLP.
The ballots had been positioned beneath “lock and key” till the verification course of, which lasted from Oct. 19-29, in accordance with the affidavit of George Orle, chair of PC celebration management election committee, who can also be named within the lawsuit.
Scrutineers from each campaigns had been current through the verification course of, and solely ballots that had been verified by settlement of each campaigns had been then positioned within the poll bins, in accordance with the affidavit by celebration president and returning officer for the management election, Tom Wiebe.
Whereas on the workplace of Scarrow and Donald, the ballots had been stored in a locked inside room, which solely assigned Scarrow and Donald staff had entry to, in accordance with Keith Findlay, a accomplice on the agency.
Findlay wrote in his affidavit that on the morning of Oct. 30, he put the sealed poll bins into his car and delivered them to the Victoria Inn, the place the celebration was holding the election.
Wiebe oversaw the distribution of the bins to the counting tables, the place once more scrutineers from each campaigns oversaw the counting of the ballots.
The official tally on election day counted 82 spoiled ballots, 17 disputed ballots, 8,405 votes for Stefanson and eight,042 votes for Glover, for a complete of 16,546 ballots.
Preliminary vote totals ‘inaccurate’
The dispute over the vote rely stems from a spreadsheet given to Glover on election day earlier than the ultimate outcomes had been introduced, which stated there have been a complete of 16,045 votes forged.
In his affidavit, Wiebe stated the spreadsheet counting the preliminary poll totals was recognized to be unreliable as early as late September, on account of errors attributable to transferring the info from the PC celebration’s inner documentation format to an Excel spreadsheet.
Each campaigns knew the spreadsheet was not correct, Wiebe stated.
“I do know this as a result of after I was current … through the strategy of verifying ballots, I listened to each marketing campaign groups complain that the spreadsheet was not correct,” he stated within the affidavit.
Regardless, each campaigns continued to request the spreadsheets be up to date and circulated on the finish of daily.
“It was obvious to me that they had been of the view that as incomplete and inaccurate because it was, the spreadsheet had a minimum of some worth in aiding them in figuring out who had voted and who had not,” Weibe stated within the affidavit.
A court docket date has been set for Dec. 10 to listen to arguments within the case.