Elections Canada Says Investigating Voter-Call Complaints

March 2 (Bloomberg) -- Elections Canada, which oversees federal votes, said it is investigating complaints about automated phone calls during the last election.

The agency, in a statement released today in Ottawa, said it has received 31,000 “contacts” from voters and said it will provide a report to Parliament in “due course.”

“Elections Canada is reviewing these and will take action as appropriate,” it said in the statement, adding it has the authority to call on law enforcement agencies for help.

The “robocall” issue has dominated the daily question period this week in the country’s Parliament. Opposition lawmakers have said that the governing Conservative Party was behind automated calls that misled voters about the location of polling stations in the May 2 election.

The opposition says the tactic prevented some of their supporters from voting in the election that gave the Conservatives a majority of seats in the nation’s House of Commons after five years of minority rule.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Feb. 29 that the Conservative Party “absolutely, definitively” had no role in the calls.

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