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Friday, January 28, 2022

Shelly defends allegations of voting irregularities in Manitoba Tory leadership crisis

Key takeaways:

  • A failed Progressive Conservative leadership candidate in Manitoba has defended her accusations that her opponent’s victory was marred by irregularities.

A failed Manitoba Progressive Conservative leadership candidate has defended her claims that there were anomalies in her opponent’s victory in the premiership election and reiterated her belief that the final tally was inaccurate.

Shelly Glover stated during cross-examination of her affidavit in Court of Queen’s Bench on Tuesday, “It’s inconceivable for me to think of how we got to that number.”

Glover, who Heather Stefanson defeated by a razor-thin margin on Oct. 30, asks a judge to order a fresh election. She said that she did not believe the party election officials’ vote count results, which showed she received 49% of the vote.

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The total number of votes cast was 16,546 when the final results were announced. Stefanson received 51% of the vote to become the Conservative Party’s leader and premier, succeeding Brian Pallister, who resigned in September.

Glover and her team have claimed that the number of votes was lower, citing a spreadsheet they got earlier that morning as proof. Glover testified in court that the page had the names of 16,045 voters.

Glover, a former member of Parliament, said she didn’t see the votes counted. She stated she has tallied the amount since the election and feels the spreadsheet includes the correct number.

“I think you’re right.”

The vote, according to the party’s leadership, was fair.

According to party president Tom Wiebe, campaign leaders were aware that the spreadsheet was never intended to be the final total, who testified in court on Monday.

Wiebe defended the count during cross-examination of his affidavit, saying, “That spreadsheet was purely to tell them who had voted.”

Shelly Glover denies an accusation of vote irregularities in Manitoba.

Much of Tuesday’s cross-examination centered on Glover’s campaign team members and how they studied the spreadsheet, other documents, and emails to get to the conclusion that vote irregularities had occurred.

The Progressive Conservative party’s lawyer, Harley Schachter, told Glover’s team that there were mistakes in the spreadsheet and that it was not meant to be used to reflect the entire vote.

Glover’s campaign’s interpretation of the numbers also doesn’t line up, he claims.

In an affidavit, Kevin Cook, a scrutineer for Glover’s campaign, claimed that he saw unsecured ballot boxes being transported out of the room where votes were counted, which Schachter questioned.

Cook said he didn’t recognize the individuals who moved the ballot boxes and wasn’t told if they were part of a security company contracted to protect the votes.

Cook also said in court that when the votes were counted, he “saw a couple of girls crying.” When pressed, he admitted that he had no idea who they were or why they were upset.

On Dec. 10, Glover’s challenge will be heard in front of a court.

Source: CBC News

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