—(1) No person shall on polling day and the eve of polling day at an election in an electoral division —
by word, message, writing or in any other manner endeavour to persuade any person to give or dissuade any person from giving his vote at the election; or
visit an elector at his home or place of work for any purpose in connection with the election.
(2) Any person who contravenes subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,500 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both.
(3) Notwithstanding the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code 2010 relating to the powers of search of any police officer, if any police officer has reasonable cause to believe that an offence is being committed under subsection (1), the police officer, by virtue of his office, shall be empowered to enter and search any premises or place for the purpose of ascertaining whether such an offence is being committed.
(4) The offence under subsection (2) shall be an arrestable offence within the meaning of the Criminal Procedure Code 2010 (Act 15 of 2010).
(5) For the purposes of this section, any person who, on polling day or on the eve of polling day, enters or is seen at more than 2 houses or places of work of electors in the same polling district other than his own home or place of work, shall, unless he proves the contrary, be presumed to have committed an offence under subsection (1)(a) and (b).