Marginal note:Deregistered party
506. A deregistered political party whose chief agent commits an offence under paragraph 497(1)(e) or (3)(c) is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine of not more than $25,000.
- 2000, c. 9, s. 506;
- 2003, c. 19, s. 61.
Marginal note:Registered party
507. A registered party whose chief agent commits an offence under any of paragraphs 497(1)(l), (m), (n), (o), (q) and (q.01) and (3)(g), (i), (j) and (m) is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine of not more than $25,000.
- 2000, c. 9, s. 507;
- 2003, c. 19, s. 61.
508. In a prosecution for an offence under this Act, the written statement of the returning officer is, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, sufficient evidence of the holding of the election and of any person named in the certificate having been a candidate.
Commissioner of Canada Elections
Marginal note:Commissioner of Canada Elections
509. The Chief Electoral Officer shall appoint a Commissioner of Canada Elections, whose duty is to ensure that this Act is complied with and enforced.
Marginal note:Chief Electoral Officer to direct inquiry
510. If the Chief Electoral Officer believes on reasonable grounds that an election officer may have committed an offence against this Act or that any person may have committed an offence under any of paragraphs 486(3)(a) and (d), section 488, paragraph 489(3)(g), section 493 and subsection 499(1), the Chief Electoral Officer shall direct the Commissioner to make any inquiry that appears to be called for in the circumstances and the Commissioner shall proceed with the inquiry.
Marginal note:Director of Public Prosecutions may prosecute
511. (1) If the Commissioner believes on reasonable grounds that an offence under this Act has been committed, the Commissioner may refer the matter to the Director of Public Prosecutions who shall decide whether to initiate a prosecution.
(2) If the Director decides to initiate a prosecution, the Director shall request the Commissioner to cause an information in writing and under oath or solemn declaration to be laid before a justice, as defined in section 2 of the Criminal Code.
Marginal note:Search and seizure
(3) For the purposes of section 487 of the Criminal Code, any person charged by the Commissioner with duties relating to the administration or enforcement of this Act is deemed to be a public officer.
- 2000, c. 9, s. 511;
- 2003, c. 19, s. 62;
- 2006, c. 9, s. 130.
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