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Elections P.E.I. not investigating alleged privacy breach

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Elections P.E.I. doesn’t have the authority to investigate allegations of a privacy breach against the Green party, says P.E.I.’s chief electoral officer.

Tim Garrity, Elections P.E.I.’s chief electoral officer, said the allegations don’t fall under the Election Act or the Election Expenses Act so there was no offence made under either of them.

“Elections P.E.I. does not really have the authority for an investigation with the allegations of this nature,” he said.

Last week, Belfast-Murray River MLA Darlene Compton raised the issue during question period, saying members of the public contacted the Opposition office with concerns the Green party used personal information that was given to the P.E.I. Coalition for Proportional Representation.

Green party leader Peter Bevan-Baker denied the allegations and sent letters to Elections P.E.I. and the privacy commissioner asking for an investigation into the matter.

Garrity said he issued a reply letter to Bevan-Baker.

Ryan.Ross@theguardian.pe.ca

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