Not enough evidence to lay charges in robocalls: Elections Canada commish

A voter cast their ballots at a polling station, Monday May 2, 2011. (DAVID BLOOM/ QMI AGENCY FILE...

A voter cast their ballots at a polling station, Monday May 2, 2011. (DAVID BLOOM/ QMI AGENCY FILE PHOTO)

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 5:06 PM ET

OTTAWA — Canada's top elections cop says there's no evidence of a vast, country-wide robocalls conspiracy that distorted the results of the last federal general election.

Commissioner of Elections Canada Yves Cote has concluded his investigation into robocalls that apparently misled voters about the location of certain polling stations in 2011.

In a 32-page report, Cote says "investigators have been able to determine that incorrect poll locations were provided to some electors and that some nuisance calls occurred."

But that "the evidence does not establish that calls were made with the intention of preventing or attempting to prevent an elector from voting."

Cote also concluded in his report that "the evidence gathered in the investigation does not lend support to the existence of a conspiracy or conspiracies to interfere with the voting process."

In the absence of evidence, Cote says he will not refer the matter to the director of public prosecutions and no charges will be laid.


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