Discussion on Essex Election Rules May Have to Wait

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A notice of motion asking Essex Town Council to tighten municipal elections might be a little more complicated than it seems.

Ward 4 Councillor Sherry Bondy brought the motion forward at Tuesday night's meeting in the hopes the town would re-evaluate regulations on proxy voting. She also wants policies on the use of the town's corporate resource by-law and the town's sign by-law revised.

This comes after Bondy says a number of issues popped up during last year's municipal election, including the use of the town's logo and branding, and using town staff during the election. The complication, an investigation is currently underway by the OPP looking into those accusations.

Ward 3 Councillor Chris Vander Doelen tells AM800 News, when the item comes back to council at its next meeting, councillors simply might not be allowed to talk about it yet.

"We've been advised by administration not to discuss this matter because it's still before the Crown and the investigation isn't over. There are legal ramifications," he says. "We don't know what it says yet, what's there to discuss? I have no idea."

As heard on AM800 news in October, Bondy received complaints from constituents over proxy ballots being signed without proper consent.

Bondy is adamant that only the proxy voting issue is currently under investigation and council should be able to discuss changes to its bylaws while that investigation continues.

The issue is expected to be presented at the next council meeting.