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Don't vote and selfie at the same time, warns UK Electoral Commission

Taking self-portrait in polling station could break the law
Wed Apr 30 2014, 14:15
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THE UK ELECTORAL COMMISSION has admonished voters against taking 'selfies' on their mobiles inside polling stations, warning that this could breach the law.

The commission told polling station staff to consider displaying notices inside polling stations telling voters that no photography of any kind is permitted. It issued the warning ahead of the European Parliament elections that will be held between 22 and 25 May.

The bulletin by the Electoral Commission said, "The law relating to obtaining information in polling stations and disclosing such information is complex.

"Given the risk that someone taking a photo inside a polling station may be in breach of the law, whether intentionally or not, our advice is that you should not allow photos to be taken inside polling stations."

The popularity of people using their phones to take pictures of themselves, also known as 'selfies', increased recently with a Cancer Research UK campaign. The campaign urged women to post pictures of themselves wearing no make-up on social media websites such as Facebook and encourage their friends to do the same.

Many people now use their smartphones as their primary cameras, and this is leading to all kinds of warnings from government bodies and public organisations regulating the use of phone cameras.

For example, public children's centres recently published rules prohibiting staff and parents from taking pictures or using their phones in nurseries.

Smartphone makers have been boosting their camera technology in recent years, with the Nokia Lumia 1020 at the head of the pack, although Samsung and Sony have recently stepped up their camera technology too. µ

 

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