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Inquiries and legal proceedings

See field: municipal, school board

The Election Act (Section 491) confers to us the power to conduct investigations into how the Act is being applied, on our initiative or at the request of another person.

In conducting an investigation, the DGE or any person so authorized by the latter may, in particular, subpoena witnesses and summon them to provide documents.

We also have the power to institute legal proceedings (Section 569) when the Election Act has been contravened. Such proceedings, however, may not be instituted later than 5 years after the date of the offence, or later than 10 years for some voting-related offences.