Canada Election Facts

May 2, 2011 by staff 

Canada Election Facts, Elections Canada is warning Canadians that the transmission of election results through their favorite social networking site can reach the hot water. But only if you do it before all the polls across Canada is closed. As an Elections Canada spokesman John Enright says, is described in section 329 of the Election Law.

“In short, the article is prohibited and refers to the transmission of results in areas where voters are still voting. Therefore, under the law, you cannot transmit a result of the election in a precinct where voting is still ongoing. ”

Enright, said that the fault of the radio back in the 1930′s. “The section was directed at national radio on having the ability to transmit the results from east to west in the country. Because the area of?? Hours of time of four and a half years had a four and a half- time lag between last vote cast in New Brunswick and vote deposited in Vancouver. That’s what that 329 intended to do in his day, was to stop the transmission so it would not influence the vote in the West Coast. ”

Although Section 329 those 73 years of age, and enacted well before even the thought of social networking is still relevant – and even executed. In 2000, Paul Bryan found that after he was charged for publishing election results in Atlantic Canada Vancouver blog small audience.

Bryan challenged the position all the way to the Supreme Court, but lost and was find and 1000. Enright said Elections Canada does not drag sites like Facebook and Twitter on election night in search of violators, but will follow up complaints received from the public.

“The Commissioner of Elections Canada, who is charged with compliance and enforcement, public works in general, a complaint. If a complaint is received, because the section is still applicable under the law, is obliged to investigate. That said, research was based on the facts of the case and in the public interest in the search field. “That includes people posting complaints about false choices just for fun.

During the last election in 2008, sites like Twitter had barely heard of Enright said that the explosion of these sites would demonstrate how quickly technology is evolving. When asked if the Elections Act soon evolve along with technology, said it was a decision of Parliament. “I think probably heard some of the messages emerging from the social media community -. Since the last week and a half no doubt, but for Parliament to make amendments to the legislation if they so choose.”

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