MORE than one million people are eligible to vote in Trinidad on Monday for Local Government Elections.
There are 1,079,969 eligible voters with 2,107 polling stations in 1,530 polling divisions across the country.
The Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) is warning political parties, candidates, electors and all other democratic stakeholders to obey the law or face the consequences.
In its website, the EBC itemised the election offences one could run afoul of today during the Local Government Election.
It stated that ignorance of the law was not an excuse and noted that on election day there should not be canvassing, loud music, no congregation and sale of alcohol.
These were offences for which persons could be arrested for today and once found guilty could face a fine or imprisonment.
During the last Local Government Election in 2016, only 362,254 electors had voted, which accounted for 34.34 percent of the electorate population.
A total of 339 candidates are vying for 139 positions in 14 regional corporations.
Only the People’s National Movement and the United National Congress have put forward a full slate of candidates.
Seven polling day offences under the Representation of the People Act, Chap 2:01:
1) Anyone who plays music or holds a procession within a polling station before two hours after the closing poll closes is liable on summary conviction to a $7,500 fine or six months imprisonment.
2) No person shall furnish or supply any public address apparatus, loudspeaker, bunting, ensign, banner, standards or set of colours or any flag to any person, nor shall those things be used or worn by anyone or put on any motor vehicle to be used as political propaganda. This offence carries on summary conviction on summary conviction to a $7,500 fine or six months imprisonment.
3) Other than electors waiting to vote no persons shall assemble or congregate at a polling station or within 100 yards thereof. This offence carries on summary conviction on summary conviction to a $7,500 fine or six months imprisonment.
4) Anyone who seeks to influence any elector to vote or refrain from voting for any political party or ascertain for whom any elector is supporting within the polling station or a public place or road within 100 yards of a polling station is liable to a fine of $7,500 or three months imprisonment.
5) No alcohol shall be sold or offered or exposed for sale between the opening and the closing of the poll.
6) A person who votes knowing that he is not entitled to vote; or votes more than once has committed an illegal practice and is liable to a fine of $15,000 or six months in prison.
7) A person who is guilty of impersonation if he votes as some other person or aids and abets in the commission of this offence. Upon conviction on indictment for this offence, a person is liable to a fine of $30,000 and to five years imprisonment.
See Notice of Election offences below: