Compliance Audit Committee
Any elector who is entitled to vote in an election and believes that a candidate has contravened a provision of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 (MEA) relating to election campaign finances can apply for a compliance audit of a candidates financial statement.
Municipal Elections Compliance Audit Committee
In accordance with the MEA, the Township of Carlow/Mayo Council is required to have a Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee to consider compliance audit applications with regard to candidates financial statements filed under Section 81 of the MEA for the 2018 election.
What is a Compliance Audit Committee?
The role of a Compliance Audit Committee (CAC) is to review and consider compliance audit applications received by an elector who believes that a candidate or registered third party has contravened a provision of the Municipal Elections Act (MEA) relating to election campaign finances.
The CAC is also responsible for reviewing reports submitted by the Clerk with respect to any contributor who appears to have contravened any of the contribution limits to a candidates’ election campaign or to a registered third party.
The powers and functions of the Compliance Audit Committee are in accordance with the Municipal Elections Act and are in place to ensure that the provisions pertaining to campaign finances have not been contravened and to follow the necessary steps to ensure compliance.
The Committee shall have the authority to:
grant or reject a compliance audit application;
appoint an auditor to conduct the audit where the application is granted;
consider the auditor’s or Clerk’s report within 30 days of receiving it; and,
decide whether to commence legal proceedings against the candidate, a contributor or registered third party for any apparent contravention.