Bill C-23 has gaping holes: Chief Electoral Officer

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Bill C-23 has gaping holes: Chief Electoral Officer

Canada's elections watchdog is pointing to gaping holes in Ottawa's new rule book for the ballot box.

Chief Electoral Officer Marc Maryland says Bill C-23 is riddled with issues which will alienate voters and harm the system's credibility.

Maryland told a House of Commons Committee, new rules which end allowances for voters without government issued ID will push seniors, students and some first nations out of the democratic process.

Elevated funding limits for campaign budgets and new restrictions barring Elections Canada from engaging with voters were also highlighted as areas of critical concern.

However, the Tories say the new laws will curtail abuse of the vote.

The new law requires documentation of robocalls and storage on an official registry, with harsher punishments for those who impersonate an elections official.
As well, the limit on individual political donations would be the subject of a modest increase up from $1,200 to $1,500.
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