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Strict rules to apply on poll day

Dawn Gibson
Sunday, April 13, 2014

THE Electoral Decree 2014 places a number of restrictions on any person in relation to the use of certain types of technology, clothing types and anything potentially seen as a form of campaigning.

Section 63 (1) explains that: "at least one hour before the commencement of polling on the polling day to the close of polling on the polling day at all polling stations, it shall be unlawful for any person at any place within the 300 metre radius from the boundary of the property where the polling venue is located or, at any place within the 300 metre radius of the polling venue where the boundary is not ascertainable, to approach voters for the purpose of campaigning".

The Decree adds that it shall be unlawful to wear any emblem, clothing, badge, apparel or accessory of a political party or of a candidate in the election, to display slogans, banners, posters, flags or colours of a political party or a candidate in the election.

It shall also be unlawful to distribute printed campaign material or communicate political messages, including calls to vote for or against a particular political party or candidate in the polling station or venue.

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