March 20, 2007 18:03 ET

KPMG's Status Update on the 2007 Barley Plebiscite

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 20, 2007) - KPMG LLP today provided an update on the progress of the 2007 Barley Plebiscite in its role as vote administrator.

The deadline for declarations and ballots to be returned to KPMG passed on March 13, 2007. KPMG is now performing procedures to verify the eligibility of submitted declarations and awaiting the final delivery of completed voter packages through the mail system.

Counting of the ballots will commence on March 24, 2007. KPMG has arranged for senior municipal elections officials from the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba to act as scrutineers during the count. The scrutineers will be on hand to provide objective and independent monitoring of the counting of the ballots and the tabulation of results.

KPMG will submit a report of the results of the plebiscite to the federal government upon completion of the tabulation. Results will be available on the internet at subsequent to the federal government's public release of the plebiscite results.

The declarations and ballots will remain in KPMG's custody and will be destroyed by KPMG subsequent to the public release of the plebiscite results by the federal government. One of the scrutineers involved in the counting of the ballots will be on hand to observe the destruction of these materials.

For more information on the 2007 Western Canadian Barley Plebiscite...

Call: 1-888-3BARLEY (1-888-322-7539)
Fax: 1-877-6BARLEY (1-877-622-7539)
PO Box 2580
Station Main
Winnipeg, MB
R3C 4B3

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