|Kash Heed as Solicitor-General|
Elections BC's new Chief Electoral Officer Keith Archer is holding a news conference Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in Victoria to respond to two requests that the independent body which regulates elections address new allegations made by Barinder Sall, Heed's campaign manager.
Heed has already been fined $11,000 for exceeding spending limits by about $5,500 in 2009 thanks to a vicious anti-NDP leaflet and radio advertising that helped him narrowly defeat NDP candidate Gabriel Yiu by less than 800 votes.
But Sall, who pled guilty to several Elections Act violations and received a plea bargain sentence of one year's probation and a $15,000 fine, has alleged that the total amount Heed spent far exceeded $5,500 - telling media outlets that the number was between $30,000 and $40,000 more than that.
Heed and his lawyer have vigorously denied any knowledge of additional overspending.
One can only surmise that if Archer intended to reject separate requests from Gabriel and from NDP MLA Leonard Krog, the party's critic for the attorney-general's ministry, that it would have been done through a news release or statement.
However, we will find out Thursday morning - watch this space for details.