Restrictions on election advertising

Potential candidates in the upcoming General Election and their committees should be aware of laws that pertain to advertising, Supervisor of Elections Kearney Gomez warns.

Persons intending to stand for election may already be in the process of planning publicity and signing contracts, Mr. Gomez explained. They should be aware of what is and is not permitted by law.

For example, no bumper sticker may be placed on traffic signs. The Traffic Law forbids anything that alters, obscures or interferes with any lawfully placed traffic sign. Anyone guilty of such an offence is liable on conviction to a fine of $1,000 and to imprisonment for six months.

On Election Day itself, Wednesday, 20 May, no political advertising is allowed.

No campaign posters or signs may be displayed that day. Therefore, they must be taken down by midnight on Tuesday, 19 May. Mr. Gomez suggested that, if a contract is made for the placement of campaign material, provision should be included for its timely removal.

Newspaper, radio and television advertising is also prohibited on Election Day, as is any other print or electronic form.

Section 92 of the Elections Law lists prohibited items, which include loudspeakers. It provides that whoever contravenes the section is guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine of $500 or to imprisonment for six months.

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