AL electoral commission warns gambling operators and employees must be impartial

The Macau electoral commission warned that gaming operators, as well as their employees, must be neutral and impartial in this year’s election to the Legislative Assembly (AL).

During a meeting between the Electoral Affairs Committee of the Legislative Assembly (CAEAL) and the Gaming Inspection and Co-ordination Bureau (DICJ), the authorities stressed, according to a statement, that “concessionary companies for the exploitation of games of chance and their workers in office have to maintain neutrality and impartiality during the election period ”.

CAEAL President, Tong Hio Fong, also recalled that, according to the electoral law, gaming concessionaires in Macau, which employ, together with the Government, the vast majority of workers in Macau, “cannot intervene directly or indirectly in the electoral campaign, nor perform acts that favour or hinder one candidacy to the detriment or advantage of others ”.

Employees must maintain neutrality in the performance of their duties and are prevented from posting or displaying “stickers or other elements of electoral propaganda in the workplace”, the same note reads.

The elections for the Legislative Assembly will take place on September 12.

TheMacau AL is composed of a total of 33 legislators: 14 elected by universal suffrage, 12 by indirect suffrage (through associations) and seven appointed by the Chief Executive.