It's A Dry Weekend In Panama - No Booze (Sale or Consumption) During Elections

Tuesday, April 29 2014 @ 02:05 AM UTC

Contributed by: Don Winner

The Police Commissioner Aldo Macre, Director of the Traffic Operations Division of the National Police, announced on RPC Radio they will begin an operation on Friday, 2 May 2014, to enforce a "dry" rule for the upcoming national elections.

Macre explained the rule states that 48 hours before the start of this electoral activity, the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.

In the event they find an intoxicated citizen, first they will lose their right to vote, and then they will be take to the National Police, where the Office of the Electoral Prosecutor and the police will enforce the law, and initiating the process leading to a sanction.

The General Elections will take place this Sunday, May 4, during which Panamanian voters will elect Mayors, local municipal Representatives, the Deputies of the National Assembly, and the President of the Republic who will lead the country. (Telemetro)

Editor's Comment: So be aware - no drinking or sales of booze, starting on Friday. It would be highly advisable to hold your private parties indoors. Don't hold a big beach party. Don't hold a loud or raucous gathering. If you want to drink at all this weekend, buy your booze now, and do so in private, behind closed doors. Don't give the cops a reason to make an example of anyone. Because, they will. Because that's what cops do sometimes. The "spirit and intent" of this law is to make sure everyone is sober when voting - so it's not really aimed at tourists or foreigners who don't get to vote anyway. But still, just be smart...

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