Government staffer charged with election fraud

A government staffer charged with election fraud was overheard discussing underhanded tactics to sway the vote, but wasn’t taken seriously, a fellow campaign worker testified Monday.

The so-called robocalls trial for Michael Sona, 25, who is charged with “wilfully preventing or endeavouring to prevent an elector from voting,” got underway Monday in Guelph, Ont.

Court heard that on May 2, 2011, automated calls were made to more than 6,700 phone numbers, mostly in Guelph, informing them that their polling station for the 2011 federal election had been relocated.

Crown lawyers began the trial Monday by saying several witnesses will testify that Sona orchestrated a campaign to divert voters from their proper polling stations.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/robocalls-trial-underway-for-staffer-charged-with-election-fraud/article18951754/

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