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Group appeals BC election gag laws

VICTORIA (NEWS1130) – A group is in court in Victoria, asking the BC Supreme Court to strike down part of the Elections Act.

Vincent Gogolek with the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association says the current law infringes on your freedom of expression.

“It’s not just the panel, it’s the fact that this is our freedom of expression, this is our constitutional right, and one of the principal times when we’re supposed to be able to exercise that freely, and that’s not what we have here in BC right now,” says Gogolek.

“[Under the current rules], having a hand-written sign on your window, if you don’t register with Elections BC before doing that, you’ve committed an offence, and you could be looking at up to a year in jail,” he adds.

The hearing is expected to last two days.