Concessionaires warned to stay out of elections

Macau’s gaming operators have been reminded to stay neutral and not to interfere with the upcoming Legislative Assembly Election, as part of election law.

Companies cannot take part in any campaigning events, or act in support of – or in opposition to – particular electioneering teams, under the existing administrative concession system that also applies to all public entities, noted the chairman of the Electoral Affairs Commission for the Legislative Assembly Election, Tong Hio Fong on Wednesday after a meeting with the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ).

Paulo Martins Chan, the DICJ director, said that the bureau would take the responsibility of making sure that gaming operators did not breach the confines of their neutrality.

Staff of gaming operators will need to remain neutral, and must not display any campaigning material on company premises.

Any violation of election law might amount to a criminal offence, with the possibility – upon conviction – of up to three years in prison for each offence, or a fine, said Tong.