Warning over polling booth 'selfies'

Published Thursday, 22 May 2014
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Voters have been warned that taking a 'selfie' photograph at a polling station could result in them inadvertently breaking the law.

Warning over polling booth 'selfies'
European and local council elections are being held. (© Pacemaker)

Staff at polling stations across Northern Ireland have been trained to look out for people snapping self-portraits in the booths, the Electoral Commission said.

Posting such a picture could lead to voters breaching the secrecy of the vote as each ballot paper contains an individual marking which cannot be shared under law.

Doing so could potentially lead to a £5,000 fine or six months in prison.

A spokesperson for the Electoral Office of NI said: "The use of mobile phones and cameras is not permitted in polling stations in order to maintain the secrecy of the ballot.

"Polling station staff have been advised accordingly."

Voters in Northern Ireland are going to the polls on Thursday to elect three European representatives for the region and 462 councillors to the 11 new 'supercouncils'.

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