Oman warns election candidates against buying votes

Campaigning for Oman’s upcoming Shoura Council election has begun. Banners and promotional signs have been plastered across the capital Muscat and some of the nearly 600 candidates have increased their social media use in the lead up to the October 25 vote.

Many candidates though, say they still prefer traditional methods of visiting people.

The Ministry of Interior also has launched a “Your Vote is Your Honesty” seminar to highlight the importance of the election.

It will include speeches and discussions with candidates and constituents.

The ministry also has warned candidates against buying votes, with penalties of up to three years’ jail and a fine of more than OR3000 ($7790). Arabian Business