Accused of violating election finance rules, Oakville councillor will face audit

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Published August 3, 2023 at 12:19 pm

Oakville Ward 7 Town and Regional councillor Nav Nanda’s campaign finances will be audited to determine if she violated election finance rules in last year’s municipal election.

The newly-elected councillor maintained through her lawyer, John Carlo Mastrangelo, she did nothing wrong.

The audit was ordered by the Town of Oakville’s Municipal Election Audit Committee at a meeting on Tuesday (Aug. 1) and comes after receiving a complaint from local resident Gobinder Randhawa on June 29.

Randhawa is accusing Nanda of failing to report some $7,000 in expenses in the October election. Those expenses are in relation to her phone, website and internet use and campaign-related parties.

Nanda defeated Ward 7 incumbent Pavan Parmar by 530 votes in the municipal election back on Oct. 24.

Randhawa is married to Parmar’s former campaign manager.

“Even though costs may be minimal, the failure to report such expenses would constitute a violation of the (Municipal Elections Act),” Randhawa wrote in his complaint. “It is essential to ensure that all campaign-related expenditures are accurately disclosed, regardless of their size.”

The committee is now expected to appoint the auditor.

If Nanda is found to have violated election financial rules, she could be removed from her seat and barred from holding any provincial municipal office until the 2026 election.

According to the Municipal Elections Act, candidates are required to submit financial statements accurately showing how much they spent on their campaign and who they received money from.

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