The City of Vancouver announced it is investigating alleged vote buying using the Chinese social media WeChat app.
The messages were sent on WeChat from the Canada Wenzhou Friendship society and appear to offer money in exchange for voting in Burnaby, Richmond, and Vancouver.
In a release, the City of Vancouver says that it is investigating in conjunction with Burnaby and Richmond. The matter has also been referred to the Vancouver Police Department.
According to Section 123 of the Vancouver Charter, it is illegal to bribe voters with money or rewards in exchange for a vote.
Vote buying in Vancouver can lead to a fine of up to $10,000, imprisonment for two years, or prohibition from holding an elected office for up to seven years.