County of Wellington member Municipalities established a Joint Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee for all municipalities in the County of Wellington in 2018.
The Compliance Audit Committee receives and makes decisions on applications for compliance audits of campaign finances for Council candidates and registered third party advertisers in a municipal election or by-election.
The Committee’s functions include:
- Considering whether an application for a compliance audit filed by an elector should be granted or rejected
- Appointing an auditor, if the application is granted
- Receiving and considering the auditor’s report and deciding whether legal proceedings should be commenced
- Determining whether to recover the costs of conducting the compliance audit from the applicant if the auditor’s report indicates there were no apparent contraventions and if there were no reasonable grounds for the application
The Committee also considers reports from the Clerk identifying contributors who appear to have contravened election contribution limits and decides whether legal proceedings should commence.
The Municipal Elections Act (MEA, 1996) requires an outgoing municipal council to establish a Compliance Audit Committee on or before October 1st in the year of an election. The powers and functions of the Committee are provided under the MEA, 1996.