Tweeting Election Results is Not Permissible According to Canadian Law

Tweeting Election Results is Not Permissible According to Canadian Law

Before all the Canadian polls are closed, tweeting or blogging/posting election results is not permissible according to the following 73-year-old law of Canada from section 329 of the Canada Elections Act:

“No person shall transmit the result or purported result of the vote in an electoral district to the public in another electoral district before the close of all of the polling stations in that other electoral district.”

So during election time in May 2011, a $25,000 fine or up to five years in prison could be a horrific consequence for any Canadian tweeting, blogging/posting or sending messages about the election results before the polls are closed.

There may be a lot of tweeting with the  “hashtags #Tweettheresults and #elxn41 to be bending or breaking the rules.”

Please click here for more information about Elections Canada enforcing the Canada Elections Act and the protests of Canadians, especially Twitter users.

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