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Noyes jumped gun on campaign spending

Ann-Marie Noyes contravened the Municipal Elections Act when she purchased her campaign website before she registered as a candidate for mayor in the Fort Erie municipal election.

NoyesforMayor.com was registered as an internet domain on Oct. 30, 2009, more than two months before she became a candidate in the municipal election.

People are prohibited from incurring election expenses unless they are candidates. She filed her nomination papers on Jan. 15, 2010 at which time she officially became a candidate.

The Municipal Elections Act states:

76.(1)An expense shall not be incurred by or on behalf of a person unless he or she is a candidate. 1996, c. 32, Sched., s. 76 (1).

(2)An expense shall not be incurred by or on behalf of a candidate outside his or her election campaign period. 1996, c. 32, Sched., s. 76 (2).

Another section of the Act defines the campaign period:

68.(1)For the purposes of this Act, a candidate’s election campaign period for an office shall be determined in accordance with the following rules:

1. The election campaign period begins on the day he or she files a nomination for the office under section 33.

2. The election campaign period ends on December 31 in the case of a regular election and 45 days after voting day in the case of a by-election.

Noyes’ campaign website expired on Oct. 30.

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  1. Shawn | Nov 16, 2010 | Reply

    I would be curious if she listed the expense on some Balance Sheet in which, yes I agree she broke the rules, but when is that something new to report.

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