ELECTIONS 2022/People should not wear masks with campaign signs to vote: official

11/17/2022 04:57 PM
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Taipei, Nov. 17 (CNA) Wearing a facemask with a candidate's campaign sign to the voting booth on election day next Saturday could put the wearer at risk of being fined at least NT$500,000 (US$16,000), officials said Thursday.

Doing so could be considered flouting the rule that bans any activity related to a campaign or electioneering on a polling day, Central Election Commission (CEC) Chairman Lee Chin-yung (李進勇) said.

"People should avoid wearing such a mask," Lee said when approached by reporters on the sidelines of a legislative committee session.

Asked by CNA by phone, a CEC official said that any suspected violation of this rule would be referred to the CEC for investigation and those found guilty could face a fine of between NT$500,000 and NT$5 million.

Taiwan will hold a nationwide election on Nov. 26 to vote for over 11,000 local officials and councilors at all levels of local government, and on a referendum on a constitutional amendment to lower both the legal voting age and the minimum age of candidacy to 18.

(By Fan Cheng-hsiang and Shih Hsiu-chuan)

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