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Police step up crackdown on election gambling

2018/11/21 16:12:55

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Taipei, Nov. 21 (CNA) Police have been mobilized for reinforced efforts to crack down on illegal gambling on the results of the Nov. 24 local government elections, according to the National Police Agency.

Such gambling is mostly conducted at underground gambling or lottery spots, officials of the agency's Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said Wednesday, so local police have been instructed to beef up their patrols and information collection, and to spare no efforts to stop election gambling, which is illegal.

According to the CIB, the bureau had cracked down on eight gambling activities involving the Nov. 24 elections between Nov. 6, and Tuesday. The number of suspects and the amount of bets placed are still being calculated, it said.

Meanwhile, district prosecutors offices around the country have received 4,617 complaints of illegal election activities involving 10,164 suspects, including 3,527 complaints of vote-buying involving 8,064 people, and 373 complaints of violence involving 511 people, according to government statistics.

(By Huang Li-yun and Elizabeth Hsu)