TORONTO, Feb. 20 /CNW/ - Ontario's Chief Electoral Officer is reminding
the media and candidates that filming and photography are not permitted inside
polling places during advance polls or on Election Day.
"It is essential that we protect the secrecy of the vote and allow
electors to cast their vote in private, without distraction, disruption or
delay. This rule applies even if an elector consents to being filmed," said
Greg Essensa, Chief Electoral Officer.
Media representatives may film outside a voting location provided this is
done without interfering with electors' access to the building.
The only exception that will be made is for candidates casting their
ballot. Candidates may receive authorization to film the casting of their
ballot, but only with PRIOR permission arranged through the Returning Office.
Poll officials may not admit media into the poll without proof of permission.
Media wishing to obtain b-roll of electors in a polling place and the
voting process may contact Media Relations at Elections Ontario.
Your understanding and co-operation is requested to ensure the fair and
smooth operation of voting by electors.
Elections Ontario is the non-partisan agency responsible for
administering provincial elections, by-elections and referenda.
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