Elections 2022: Public Ministry informs what behaviors constitute crimes against the right to vote

Elections 2022: Public Ministry informs what behaviors constitute crimes against the right to vote

The most frequent crime recorded in the 2018 regional and municipal election was voter impersonation. On that occasion, 145 citizens were seized.

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2022 Elections: Public Ministry reports what conducts constitute crimes against the right to vote

In the last regional and municipal elections of 2018, 145 citizens were intervened in 26 fiscal districts throughout the country, of which 49 people committed the crime of voter impersonation. (Photo: ONPE)

Less than two weeks before the Regional and Municipal Elections on October 2, the Public Ministry began the #NoCometasDelitosElectorales campaign to warn and raise awareness about what behaviors constitute crimes that violate freedom and the right to vote and that can carry a penalty jail.

Disrupting or impeding the development of the electoral process using violence or threats, is punishable by imprisonment for between 3 and 10 years ; while preventing a voter from exercising his right to vote, forcing him to vote in a certain direction, inducing him through some benefit not to vote or to vote in another direction, is punishable by penalties between 1 and 4 years.

The impersonation of voters, voting more than once in the same election or voting without having the right, also constitute a crime, which can be punished with between 1 and 4 years.

Falsify or destroy electoral records, DNI or tally sheets, or hide, retain or make these documents disappearto make the election difficult or falsify its result, it is also punished with imprisonment for between 2 and 8 years.

Subtract, destroying or substituting ballot boxes used in an election prior to the count to affect its outcome or favor or harm a candidate or political organization, carries a prison sentence of between 2 and 8 years.

Furthermore, alter the result of an election or make counting impossibleto affect the results or favor or harm a candidate or political organization, is punishable by imprisonment for between 2 and 8 years.

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It should be noted that in the last regional and municipal elections of 2018, 145 citizens were intervened in 26 fiscal districts throughout the country, of which 49 people committed the crime of voter impersonation, another 29 carried out electoral propaganda during the hours in which this action was prohibited; while 24 people were intervened for disturbing, preventing or inducing not to vote.

Likewise, 9 were intervened for aggravated damages, resistance or disobedience to the authority, 8 for illegal advertising of the direction of the vote and another similar number for “breaking the dry law”, among other crimes or prohibitions.