Elections Nova Scotia has found that there was no intent to mislead voters in a NDP phone poll that used the names of incorrect candidates in several ridings across the province, including Kings North.
Initially, Elections Nova Scotia received reports of calls to residents in the electoral district of Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River from Forum Research, which used incorrect information that could have mislead electors regarding the name of the candidates. The Kings County Advertiser contacted Elections Nova Scotia on Sept. 20, after it was reported that calls had also been made in Kings North referring to the incorrect Tory candidate.
During the course of the investigation, Elections Nova Scotia spoke to the president of Forum Research, the firm that conducted the calls, and with representatives of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party on whose behalf the calls were made.
Elections Nova Scotia has determined, through their explanations of how the misinformation occurred, that the use of erroneous information was inadvertent. The scope of the mistake is reported to have involved 49 electors in Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River, 50 electors in Kings North and 50 electors in Timberlea-Prospect.
Since the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party learned of the error, they have tried to remediate any adverse effect by re-calling the residences involved and correcting the information.
“We believe that the errors resulted from simple mistakes and that the remedial action taken is proportional to the error. We have found no evidence that the calls were meant to intentionally mislead electors,” said Richard Temporale, the Chief Electoral Officer.