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December 13, 2001
City of Toronto Statement about Ward 31 By-Election (Beaches-East York)
  
The City of Toronto issued the following statement today about the
participation of Maria Minna, federal Minister for International Co-operation,
in the December 3 by-election held in Ward 31 (Beaches-East York).

The Beaches-East York by-election was administered by the City of Toronto under
the provisions of the Ontario Municipal Elections Act. The Act requires that
the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation prepare a preliminary voters'
list for municipalities, which includes a further preliminary list for each
voting subdivision (ward) within a municipality.

After the City receives a voters' list, there is a revision period during which
an elector may add or delete his or her name or otherwise correct information
on the list pertaining to the elector. The City of Toronto mails a vote-at-card
to all persons whose names are on the voters' list. Included on the card is
information about the qualifications to be an elector. The onus is on the
elector to determine if he or she is qualified to vote.

The Ontario Municipal Elections Act makes it an offense to vote without being
entitled to do so.

City of Toronto officials will be meeting with the federal government's Ethics
Commissioner on Friday, December 14, 2001.


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