Friday 25 September, 2020

EBC: Respect election laws or face consequences

The Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) is calling on political parties, candidates contesting the upcoming Parliamentary Elections, electors and other democratic stakeholders to respect the laws or face the consequences.

In an advisory on Saturday, the EBC said electors, political parties and others should be aware that the following activities are against the law:

• Bribery - candidates or their supporters shall not give money, valuable consideration or offer gifts to persuade an elector to vote in a particular way

• Treating - candidates or their supporters shall not directly or indirectly give or provide food, drink or entertainment in order to influence.

• Undue Influence - candidates or their supporters shall not use undue influence or intimidation of any kind to influence an elector's vote.

Should you encounter anyone who is using bribery, treating or intimidation to influence you or anyone you know, report the matter to the police.

An individual found guilty of any of these offences is liable on summary conviction to a fine of fifteen thousand dollars and to imprisonment for six months or on conviction on indictment to a fine of thirty thousand dollars and to imprisonment for twelve months.

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