January 15, 2012

Canada to Reform Law Banning Election-Day Tweets

IN OTTAWA the Conservative government says it will allow federal election results to be released as they are available instead of making Canadians across the country wait for the last polls to close on the West Coast.

Tim Uppal, the Minister of State for Democratic Reform, announced Friday via Twitter that the government will stop penalizing people who report results from the east before the final votes are cast in British Columbia.

As Canadian newspapers reported, the law had initially been enacted to prevent overs in the west from being influenced by reports of election results from the east.

Mr. Uppal said, "The ban, [enacted] in 1938, does not make sense with widespread use of social media and modern communications technology. Canadians should have freedom to communicate about election results without rear of heavy penalty."

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