Paulo Chan: DICJ will fully support Electoral Commission

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The Director of the Gaming Inspection and Co-ordination Bureau (DICJ), Paulo Martins Chan, declared yesterday that the Bureau will fully support the Electoral Commission in monitoring any possible violation of the Electoral Law in the lead-up to this year’s Legislative Assembly elections.
“If any guidelines are announced [by the Electoral Commission] we will appoint staff to monitor [in order to prevent the promotion of any candidates for the election at the gaming venues],” said the Director on the sidelines of an event yesterday.
The Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Tong Hio Fong, said on Tuesday that gaming operators are requested to remain neutral in their stances towards the election, as reported by TDM Radio News.
Legislator José Maria Pereira Coutinho had previously raised concerns about the promotion of candidates in employee rest areas in casinos during a period in which the campaigning is prohibited.
This period occurs between the announcement of the confirmed list of candidates and the official commencement of the election campaign, while any activity that can divert the attention of the public to certain candidates, or that directly or indirectly leading voters to cast their vote for or against certain candidates, would be deemed as campaigning, based upon the new electoral law.
However, the DICJ head said it has not received any guidelines yet from the Commission sofar.
The head of the gaming regulator also reiterated that the proposed debtor database system will be managed by the Macau Association of Gaming and Entertainment Promoters, and that the Association will be responsible for contacting related departments for the launch of the system.
Meanwhile, Director Chan said the DICJ has not received any application for gambling tables from The 13 Holdings Limited for its property in Coloane.
The comments came at the kick-off ceremony for the Responsible Gambling Information Kiosk 3.0, held at The Parisian Macao.
The Director of the Institute for the Study of Commercial Gaming, Davis Fong Ka Chio, reported that 2,869 log-ins were recorded by the 24 current kiosks during the first three months of 2017, while the three Responsible Gambling Information stations registered 523 log-ins.
Recorded data indicates that the frequency of use of the stations is more than four times higher than that of the kiosks.
The three stations are located in Studio City, Galaxy and Wynn Palace, respectively.