Gaming operators shall remain politically neutral in the upcoming legislative elections, Legislative Assembly Electoral Affairs Committee (CAEAL) President Tong Hio Fong said on Wednesday.
The direct and indirect legislative elections will take place on September 17.
According to the Macau Post Daily, Tong – a judge by profession – told reporters after a meeting of the committee with Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) Director Paulo Martins Chan at the Public Administration Building in Rua do Campo that, according to the Election Law, gaming operators shall remain neutral during the elections, just like other entities.
Tong also said the gaming operators are not allowed to participate in any election campaign activities.
According to Tong, employees of gaming companies are not allowed to display anything related to election campaign activities when they are on duty, adding anyone who violates the regulation will be fined and even faces imprisonment of up to three years.
Chan said this year’s legislative elections are an important event, adding that his bureau has the duty to fully cooperate with the committee. He added that the bureau would do its best to supervise casinos and other gaming businesses, including staff restrooms, to check if there are any election-related irregularities.