09/26/2013 07:38 EDT | Updated 11/26/2013 05:12 EST

Ethnic outreach scandal special prosecutor appointed

A special prosecutor has been appointed to oversee a RCMP investigation into alleged violations of the B.C. Elections Act linked to the the government's ethnic outreach scandal.

David Butcher, a well-known Vancouver criminal lawyer, has been appointed to see whether there were any violations of the Elections Act.

The ethnic outreach scandal broke during last spring when the NDP released emails showing government employees were organizing a B.C. Liberal pre-election strategy to direct government resources to give the party "quick wins" in ethnic communities.

- Several top B.C. Liberal staff members were forces to resign because of their roll in the scandal.

Butcher was appointed at the end of August, after the RCMP received a complaint and launched an investigation into the scandal the same month, according to a statement issued by the Criminal Justice Branch.

But the announcement of the appointment and the RCMP investigation was delayed until today in order to protect the integrity of the investigation according to the statement.

Previously, Premier Christy Clark has said that the issue was dealt with by an internal government investigation conducted by deputy minister John Dyble, which was completed in March.