Published On: Fri, Jun 17th, 2016

Public Prosecution on alert for voting fraud

ElectionsWILLEMSTAD – On September 30, 2016 there will be elections for the new Parliament of Curaçao. The different political parties will campaign to achieve as much as possible votes to be represented in Parliament.

Open, secret and fair elections are the basis of democracy. The importance of this is in the Constitution and in international treaties. A voter has the right to cast his vote without interference and to keep the contents of his choice for himself. Participating in the elections is an important acquired right that in many parts of the world is not obvious.

An example which shows that election is not conducted in a fair way is the buying and selling of votes, be it cash or other favors / promises. Around every election the Public Prosecutor (OM) receives signals that voters are bribed to cast their vote for a particular party or person.

This affects the open and fair conduct of the election and is also punishable. The Prosecution points out the fact that it is forbidden to pay an elector for his vote. It is also forbidden for a voter to ask for money to vote for a particular party or person. Both the briber and the bribed voters can be punished with imprisonment of up to two years.

The Prosecution will be extra vigilant during the period until the elections for signs of bribery and will investigate.

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