Commissioner of Canada Elections Annual Report 2020

Appendix A – Disposition of Cases
(January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020)


Disposition of Cases

*The difference of 14 files can be explained by administrative corrections. Administrative corrections can include adjustments associated with duplicate files and/or file numbers, and file-splitting (in cases involving multiple issues or complainants.)

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Disposition of Cases – January 1 to December 31, 2020

  • Active Files as of as of January 1st 2020: 1,599
    • Active Files as of December 31st 2020: 803*
  • Files Closed: 1,613
  • New Files: 803
    • Requests for Information: 77
    • Letters from concerned citizens: 52
    • Elections Canada: 451
    • Political Entities: 16
    • General Public: 200
    • Commissioner’s Initiative: 7

*The difference of 14 files can be explained by administrative corrections. Administrative corrections can include adjustments associated with duplicate files and/or file numbers, and file-splitting (in cases involving multiple issues or complainants.)

Comparison of active files:
  2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019* 2020
Active files 489 311 587 1599 803

*Reporting covers an extended period between April 1, 2018 to December 31, 2019.

Most common referrals from Elections Canada:

  • 179 referrals were received regarding the failure of a candidate's official agent to provide the CEO with an electoral campaign return and other required documents;

  • 79 files were referred regarding the failure on the part of a candidate's official agent to file the electoral campaign return and required documents within four months after polling day;

  • The CCE received 75 referrals about the failure of the financial agent of a nomination contestant to file a nomination campaign return and provide required documents; and

  • 53 files were referred as a result of possible irregularities and inconsistencies related to illegal voting. These may include, but are not limited to, possible cases involving voting more than once, illegal voting, and requesting an additional ballot.




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