Town of Olds - Two Candidates From January's By-Election Fail To File Campaign Disclosure Statements

Olds council unanimously accepted a Report to Council as presented for information on Monday, July 13th. It was then made it public by the town in accordance with the Local Authorities Election Act and sent it to the Alberta Election Commissioner.

The town of Olds has made public the information that two of the seven council candidates in the January 20th by-election failed to file campaign disclosure statements.

They are candidate Darcy Dobush and candidate Mitch Thomson. Thomson won the by-election for the one empty seat available and has been sitting on council since January 27th.

The town's Chief Administrative Officer Michael Merritt says the campaign disclosure statements should have been submitted within 120 days of the by-election.

He adds, if a candidate was self funding his or her campaign under $10,000 dollars prior to 2018 that candidate was not required submit a financial disclosure to the municipality.

CAO Merritt says having to resign from town council is a possibility for councillor Thomson.

Once a report has been transmitted to council, a candidate who has not been relieved from the obligation to file a disclosure statement by a court order is ineligible to be nominated for election for the applicable period of time prescribed in that section of the Local Authorities Election Act.

If the person is currently serving on council the Municipal Government Act states the councillor is disqualified from council and must resign immediately.

CAO Merritt says a candidate may - within the 60-day period following the date on which the report to council is made public - apply to the Court of Queen's Bench for relief.

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