Mr. JetzTV accused of electoral fraud
Darrell Ackman, a.k.a. Mr. Jetz, at the Legislative Building in Winnipeg. Ackman, who is facing numerous sex related charges, is running for office, he wants to be the MLA for Fort Whyte. Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. (Chris Procaylo/QMI Agency)
The Fort Whyte candidate facing child pornography charges is now being accused of false entries on his nomination papers.
Darrell Ackman, a.k.a. Mr. JetzTV, submitted 130 signatures to Elections Manitoba in support of his byelection candidacy.
But one voter on the list says he didn’t even meet Ackman, let alone sign his nomination papers.
“I’m willing to swear up, down and sideways that I never saw him,” said Avrom Charach.
Ackman, 43, is charged with recruiting young girls to work in prostitution and pornography.
Charach believes Elections Manitoba should also investigate Ackman for allegedly submitting false information.
“My take is that if you have a voter that says elections fraud has happened, they should look into it immediately,” said Charach.
Lisa Kingham, an Elections Manitoba spokesperson, said the agency received a few complaints from voters who wanted their names removed from Ackman’s nomination papers after learning more about him. Kingham said no formal complaint has been made.
If one is, Manitoba’s elections commissioner could start an investigation, before or after the Sept. 4 vote.
Ackman said it took him four days to collect 130 signatures of Fort Whyte voters, above the 100 required.
He admits no one who appeared aware of his charges signed his nomination papers.
But Ackman says he qualified for the race fairly.
“I’m no different than anyone else on that ballot and I’m not asking them how they got their signatures,” he said.
Experts believe Ackman’s ability to collect so many signatures might be a symptom of voter apathy.
“I guess some people, rather than have a discussion with the prospective candidate, would just go ahead and sign the form,” said Paul Thomas, a University of Manitoba politics professor.
Ackman’s bail conditions will severely limit his campaign. He is prohibited from contacting anyone under the age of 18, leaving his home between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., and possessing a computer, cellphone or camera.
“In daytime, he can knock on doors,” said Allen Mills, a University of Winnipeg political scientist. “I think, at this point, he might risk having people calling the police.”