PS candidate seeks to buy votes in local elections.
The Board of Elections for the Tampere Region has reported a campaign advertisement to the local police for investigation on suspicion of electoral bribery.
The advertisement was placed in the local newspaper Nokian Uutiset on behalf of Rauno Hautamäki, a candidate for the anti-immigrant Perussuomalaiset party.
It promises that voters who take mobile phone pictures of their completed ballot papers and forward them as MMS messages to the number provided will be entered in a prize draw if the ballot bears the candidate’s number.
Voters receive their ballot papers on entering the polling station, where they complete them and drop them into the ballot box in person. This means that the requested photograph can only be taken in the polling station at the time of voting.
Electoral bribery is a criminal offence under section 2 of chapter 14 of the Finnish Penal Code.