As we are moving ever closer to the Taiwanese presidential elections’ D-day which is the voting day, we are seeing that security is getting tighter. It is a general rule that you can not promote any presidential candidate on the day of elections’ voting as it could swing people’s mood if they are undecided. Also, it can be termed as polarizing the voters towards one candidate which might be good or bad depending upon the promotion. However, the general rule is that the people who are found promoting anyone on the day of voting should be fined.
That is exactly what we are hearing from the Taiwanese election law department who has revealed that a fine of NT$500,000 will be levied on those who are found violating the law which is to not promote any candidate on the voting day. Also, you cannot share campaign messages on January 11 which is the voting day even via social media as that also violates the law. This was revealed by CEC a.k.a the Central Election Commission which is the central election body in the country.
In addition to the campaigning rules, voters are reminded that no cell phones or cameras will be allowed at polling booths and those who are found with one will not be allowed to vote. However, if they are found to have phones inside the polling stations then they will be fined NT$30,000. The CEC also says that no election poll results and related news articles will be allowed 10 days prior to the election which means they are to be stopped from January 1, 2020. Not only is posting campaign messages not exempt from the law, people, who share or re-post those messages will also not be exempt and a fine up to NT$5 million can be levied on them as per the rules.