Elections Canada

Elections Canada

March 12, 2008 10:36 ET

Filming by Media at Polling Stations and in Local Elections Canada Offices

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 12, 2008) - The Chief Electoral Officer of Canada, Marc Mayrand, wishes to remind the media, candidates and others that media representatives and the general public are not permitted at polling stations or in the local Elections Canada offices to film or broadcast voting by electors. This includes the filming or broadcasting of voting by party leaders. Nor can any returning officer or poll official permit such filming or broadcasting.

Media representatives and the general public may not film proceedings inside a polling station. Section 135 of the Canada Elections Act does not permit the presence of the media at a polling station on election day. This rule applies even if an elector consents to being filmed. This is meant to allow the electoral process to take place in a manner that allows individual voters to solemnly consider and cast their vote in private, without distraction, disruption or delay.

Your understanding and co-operation is requested to ensure the fair and smooth operation of voting by electors.

Federal by-elections will be held in Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River, Toronto Centre, Vancouver Quadra and Willowdale on Monday, March 17, 2008.

IMPORTANT!

All electors must meet new voter identification requirements. For more information on the options available to electors, visit www.elections.ca.

Elections Canada is an independent body set up by Parliament.

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