38. Is there a ban on vote buying? - Palau

38. Is there a ban on vote buying?



Every person who shall, directly or indirectly, in any manner:

(a) intimidate or threaten a voter in order to induce or compel him to vote or refrain from voting at any election, or to vote or refrain from voting for any particular person at any election; or

(b) bribe or attempt to bribe any voter in giving his vote, or to deter him from giving it, shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), or imprisoned for not more than one (1) year, or both. Each intimidation, threat or bribe shall constitute a separate offense.

Source: Article 1006, Palau National Code, Title 23 Elections revised edition April 2014

(g) No employee or candidate may use, or promise, threaten or attempt to use, any actual or anticipated government authority to assist or obstruct any individual in obtaining any employment, nomination, confirmation, promotion, or change in compensation or employment, in exchange for the individual agreeing to vote or contribute to, or to withhold his vote for or contribution to, any candidate.

Source: Article 607, Palau National Code, Title 33 Public Employment Chapter 6 Code of Ethics  revised edition April 201