Thursday 23 January, 2020

EBC warns against bribery, undue influence on voting day

The Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) warned parties and the general public to obey the rules during the Local Government Elections on Monday.

In a statement issued Sunday night, the EBC said all stakeholders are warned to “respect the laws or face the consequences”.

“Ignorance of the law is not an excuse. We have itemized for you in the flyers below, the list of election offences. Please be guided on the dos and don’ts, with respect to the law on Election Day,” the EBC said.

The EBC said electors, political parties and others should be aware of illegal activities as follows:

1. Bribery – candidates and supporters shall not give money, valuable consideration or offer gifts to persuade an elector to vote in a particular way.

2. Treating – candidates or supporters shall not directly or indirectly give or provide food, drink or entertainment in order to influence

3. Undue influence – candidates or their supporters shall not use undue unfluence or intimidation of any kind to influence an elector’s vote.

Anyone who witnesses this is urged to report the matter to the police.

Anyone found guilty of any of these offences is liable on summary to conviction to a fine of $15,000 and imprisonment for six months or, on conviction on indictment to a fine of $30,000 and imprisonment for 12 months.

“No one should stop an elector from voting or interfere with his right to vote,” the EBC said.

Other rules on voting day are as follows:

- No music bands (Section 88)

- No loudspeakers, banners, favours, badges etc. (Section 89)

- No gathering or congregating near polling stations (Section 90)

- No sale of intoxicating liquor (Section 92)

- No influencing of voters (Section 91)

- No illegal voting (Section 94)

- No personation (pretending to be someone else) (Section 99)

- Penalty for corrupt practice. Anyone who aids or abets the offence of personation is liable on conviction to a $30,000 fine and five years imprisonment (Section 100).

- Penalty for illegal practice. Anyone found guilty of an illegal practice is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $15,000 or imprisonment for six months.

 

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