Scarborough-Guildwood NDP Runner-Up Abandons Legal Challenge
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Scarborough-Guildwood NDP Runner-Up Abandons Legal Challenge

Runner up for the NDP nomination says she's run out of time to get answers regarding reportedly unregistered voters.

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Amarjeet Kaur Chhabra poses at Pride festivities earlier this year Photo by Jay Yerex.

After meeting with Ontario NDP party officials today, Amarjeet Kaur Chhabra has decided to drop any legal action against the party for alleged irregularities in the Scarborough-Guildwood nomination. Former Toronto city councillor Adam Giambrone was declared the winner of the contest, and is the party’s candidate in the August 1 provincial by-election. In a statement obtained by Torontoist, Chhabra said the limited time to file her grievance forced her hand: the deadline to get on the ballot for the August 1 provincial by-election is today.

The local riding association and Chhabra had both contacted the provincial party secretary in order to verify the identities of 12 voters at the Scarborough-Guildwood nomination—voters who, according to Chhabra and the riding association, were not eligible to take part in the nomination.

Viresh Raghubeer, the president of the Scarborough-Guildwood NDP riding association, told us in a phone interview that the local chapter has not received a satisfactory response from the ONDP or Giambrone about the alleged irregularities. “At this point, the concerns we sent are still on the table,” Raghubeer said.”

Here is Chhabra’s full statement:

My legal counsel has had a full and frank discussion with the NDP’s lawyers about the events that took place at the Scarborough-Guildwood NDP nomination meeting on July 7, 2013. I continue to have concerns about the process followed at that nomination meeting. However, in light of the circumstances, including the limited time before the by-election, I will not be pursuing legal action at this time.

I remain disappointed in the party. On the positive side, many people have reached out to me sharing similar experiences which will lead to change. I thank all my supporters, including members of the executive of the Scarborough-Guildwood NDP Riding Association, for their continuing support and encouragement.