Statement from the Conservative Party’s Dispute Resolution Appeals Committee
March 20, 2020
The subcommittee of the Leadership Election Organizing Committee (LEOC) tasked with appeals of Chief Returning Officer (CRO) decisions – otherwise known as DRAC (Dispute Resolution Appeals Committee) – has heard an appeal from leadership contestant Jim Karahalios in relation to a recent ruling of the CRO.
A complaint was filed against the Karahalios campaign on Monday, March 9, 2020 in relation to statements made by Mr. Karahalios through email, mail, and social media earlier in the month. The CRO reviewed the complaint and determined there was reason to investigate further.
On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, the CRO began the process to seek additional information from Mr. Karahalios. After collecting positions from both the Karahalios campaign and the complainant, the CRO consulted with LEOC and delivered a ruling on Tuesday March 17, 2020.
The Karahalios campaign appealed this decision by the CRO to DRAC on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. DRAC heard from the Karahalios campaign through written submissions, and from the CRO. Today, DRAC issued a ruling that Mr. Karahalios would be disqualified as a candidate in the Conservative Party’s Leadership Election.
No further comment will be made by LEOC, the Co-Chairs, the CRO or DRAC.