Banksy Pulls Anti Tory Election Print After Election Validation Threat

Brunilde Fioravanti
Giugno 6, 2017

Banksy, the elusive street artist, has been forced to withdraw an offer of a free artwork for people voting against the Conservatives after claiming that the Electoral Commission had warned that the stunt risked making the election invalid.

The Conservatives have declined to comment on Banksy's offer.

On his website, the mysterious artist said he had been warned by a national watchdog, the Electoral Commission, that his offer would "invalidate the election result".

'So I regret to announce this ill-conceived and legally dubious promotion has now been cancelled'.

Voters were encouraged to send in a photo of their completed ballot paper, in exchange for a print, but the offer appeared to be illegal under United Kingdom law, and Avon and Somerset Police received a number of complaints.

Banksy, who has achieved cult status through his controversial murals, announced a "product recall" on his website after offering to send a limited edition print to voters in seats around Bristol who submitted ballot paper photos proving that they had voted for non-Conservative candidates.

The message was accompanied by a picture of Banksy's famous "balloon girl" but with the red heart replaced by the Union flag.

Banksy had meant to release the prints on June 9, the day after the election.

Banksy had posted the offer to voters in the Bristol North West, Bristol West, North Somerset, Thornbury and Yate, Kingswood, and Filton and Bradley Stoke on his website on Saturday.

Applicants from six Bristol constituencies would have had to send him a photo of their ballot paper as proof of their vote against the Tories to get what was termed "a souvenir piece".

Statement in relation to the offer of a free #Banksy print in exchange for people voting a certain way in the forthcoming general election.

"A person is guilty of bribery if they directly or indirectly give any money or procure any office to or for any voter, in order to induce that voter to vote or not".

Treating requires a corrupt intent - it does not apply to ordinary hospitality.

Charity Crimestoppers has been warning voters to be aware of electoral fraud during the election.

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