123 Offences in respect of official documents

(1)

Every person commits an offence who—

(a)

intentionally removes, obliterates, or alters any official mark or official writing on any voting document, or other official document used at an election or poll:

(b)

intentionally places any mark or writing that might be mistaken for an official mark or official writing on any voting document, or other official document used at an election or poll:

(c)

forges, counterfeits, fraudulently marks, defaces, or fraudulently destroys any voting document, or other official document used at an election or poll, or the official mark on that document:

(d)

supplies, without authority, a voting document to any person:

(e)

obtains or has possession of any voting document, other than one issued to that person under this Act or any regulations made under this Act for the purpose of recording his or her vote, without authority:

(f)

intentionally destroys, opens, or otherwise interferes with any ballot box or box or parcel of voting documents without authority.

(2)

Every person who commits an offence against subsection (1) is liable on conviction,—

(a)

in the case of an electoral officer or other electoral official, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years:

(b)

in the case of any other person, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months.

Compare: 1976 No 144 s 56(1)–(3)

Section 123(2): amended, on 1 July 2013, by section 413 of the Criminal Procedure Act 2011 (2011 No 81).