Officials are investigating allegations of voter manipulation in Richmond, Burnaby and Vancouver, B.C. after messages from the Canada Wenzhou Friendship Society sent out on the social media app WeChat appeared to be offering money for voting in those three cities.
The City of Vancouver, Richmond and Burnaby are all conducting investigations and the matter has been referred to Vancouver Police.
Calls and emails to the Canada Wenzhou Friendship Society were not returned.
It is illegal to pay for votes or provide any kind of inducement to vote, according to section 123 of the Vancouver Charter. Penalties range from a $10,000 fine, two years in jail and a maximum seven-year prohibition on holding elected office.