Early in Elizabeth Cull’s report recommending disqualification of Anjali Appadurai, the NDP’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) wrote about “receiving complaints about possible unlawful contributions...”
Cull said the David Eby Campaign filed a complaint regarding violations of applicable law. Cull also wrote that Appadurai had obligations under British Columbia’s Election Act.
The objective was to convince people that Ms. Appadurai was a scofflaw unworthy of holding a senior political position.
Except the Election Act did not apply. It is a safe bet that lawyer and former Attorney General David Eby, and NDP insiders who are expert in that Act, knew what Elections BC, the province’s non-partisan regulator, stated in its October 20 release:
A political party must approve a leadership contestant for the Election Act’s campaign finance rules to apply to their campaign. This means that the activities of Dogwood BC in relation to the Anjali Appadurai campaign were not regulated by the Election Act.
Seventy-year-old Elizabeth Cull is not independent of party leadership. They appointed the former NDP Cabinet Minister Chief Electoral Officer, a position not mentioned in the BC NDP Constitution.
NDP Provincial Executive’s rules decreed that a potential leadership candidate who disagreed with a recommendation of the CEO could appeal to the Executive’s table officers. It is a tight little circle.
The system is designed to exclude anyone not favoured by insiders who control the party.
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