72 people caught breaking election laws on Saturday

Votes being counted after 4pm on Saturday (CNA photo)

A total of 72 people were caught breaking election laws during Taiwan’s local elections on Saturday. Taiwan held elections for new city and county leaders, city councilors, borough chiefs and other local leaders.


There were 37 incidents of people tearing up or taking away ballots. This behavior can incur fines from NT$5,000 (US$160) to NT$50,000 (US$1,600).


There were also 24 people who took their mobile phones into voting booths.  Anyone taking mobile phones or filming equipment into voting booths can be fined from NT$30,000 (about US$970) to NT$300,000 (US$9,700)


Another six people were caught campaigning within 30 meters of voting stations and two continued to do so even after they were stopped by the police. People are not allowed to campaign near polling places and can be fined from NT$50,000 (US$1600) to NT$500,000 ($16,000) for doing so. 


Voting began at 8am and continued until 4pm on Saturday throughout Taiwan.

News Source:RTI
Editor:Natalie Tso
Source: RTI