Provincial police charged an Eastern Ontario man with voting more than once in his town's election last fall — an election his cousin won.
Ontario Provincial Police allege Peter Byvelds, 60, cast more than one vote in the Township of South Dundas' municipal election on Oct. 25. Police said he used the "pin" code of others to cast extra online votes, but did not disclose how many times he voted.
Byvelds, of Brinston — a rural community around 70 km south of Ottawa — is charged with two violations of the Municipal Elections Act.
Police said a complaint from the public prompted the investigation.
Mayor Steven Byvelds confirmed the accused is his cousin.
"This is nothing that I have been involved in," Byvelds told CBC News.
Byvelds said he hasn't talked to his cousin about the charges, and added they don't see each other often. Byvelds said he assumes, but isn't certain if the extra votes were for him.
Byvelds beat out four other candidates to become mayor, garnering 433 more votes than his nearest rival. He said it would be up to the township's chief returning officer to decide whether the charges call the election results into dispute.
South Dundas was one of several eastern Ontario municipalities to use a mix of internet and telephone voting during its election.
Peter Byvelds is scheduled to appear at provincial court in Cornwall, Ont. on April 5.