THE NDP said on Wednesday that British Columbians on Tuesday learned that a campaign organizer for Surrey-Fleetwood BC Liberal candidate Garry Thind was soliciting personal information of voters to request mail-in ballots “over the internet” to “gather [a] good number of voters.” (Global News)
Requesting a ballot or voting on someone’s behalf violates the corrupt voting provision of the Elections Act. But the BC Liberals’ dismissal and quick denial doesn’t add up, said the NDP.
[Elections BC in a statement on Tuesday said: “At this stage we have no evidence to suggest that requests for vote-by-mail packages were actually made on a voter’s behalf.” It added: “We have contacted [Garry] Thind’s campaign and the BC Liberal Party, who have denied the allegations and stated that no voter information was received and no requests for vote-by-mail packages were made on behalf of voters.”]
According to the NDP, here’s what we still don’t know:
- There are two administrators in the group: the organizer who made the request, and Thind. What exactly did Thind tell the BC Liberals about his involvement in and knowledge of this activity?
- Did Thind immediately correct [Baldeep] Jhand and instruct his volunteers not to engage in this activity?
- Did any of the other 95 people in the group instruct volunteers not to engage in this activity?
- Will the BC Liberals release the full chain of Whatsapp messages?
- Will the BC Liberals immediately provide the names and contact information for all members of the group to Elections BC?
- What is Jhand’s role in the campaign? Was he fired?
- Have the BC Liberals spoken directly with everyone in the group?
- If not, how can they claim that no volunteers have engaged in this activity?
Ravi Kahlon, B.C. NDP candidate for Delta-North, pointed out on Wednesday that there was no need for any candidate to be collecting a person’s social insurance number and their health care card number, adding that you would collect these things if you were trying to get a ballot.
He said he found it hard to believe that Thind did not know about the message that was sent to close to 100 people in a group chat in which he was one of the administrators.