MP wants to curb spilling of ‘santinhos’ on the streets of RN – 09/19/2022 – News

MP wants to curb spilling of ‘santinhos’ on the streets of RN – 09/19/2022 – News
MP wants to curb spilling of ‘santinhos’ on the streets of RN – 09/19/2022 – News

The Regional Electoral Prosecutor in Rio Grande do Norte (PRE/RN) issued an instruction for election promoters throughout the state to be aware of the spillage of campaign materials, such as “santinhos”, pamphlets and stickers on the streets near the polling places during this year’s elections. The practice, known as “dawn flight”, even on the eve of the election, constitutes irregular propaganda.

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To restrain and punish those involved, the Electoral Public Ministry teams must be attentive and promote the diligence with reports that allow the identification of the benefited candidates, including clear photographs of the material scattered on the streets and sidewalks. The resulting news of fact or electoral preparatory procedure must, then, be forwarded to the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office with speed to proceed with the investigation.

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The candidate who orders or allows the spilling of campaign materials on the streets will be practicing irregular advertising, under penalty of a fine, in addition to the investigation of the crime, as provided for in the electoral legislation (Law No. 9,504/1997).

Regional Electoral Prosecutor Rodrigo Telles states that irregular material on the streets “generates social and political impacts, since it can influence voters on election day in a broad and general way, helping them to create or modify their conviction”. The practice “also has significant economic impacts, in view of the expenditure of values, often from the party fund, for the printing of advertising material that is spilled on the streets, so that those with greater economic capacity could print a greater amount of ‘ saints’, co-opting a greater number of voters”, he explained.

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