51.. I am a gendarme officer, I went to cast my vote in the polling station where I registered, but the Chairperson of the Local Polling Commission stopped me from entering because I was carrying my service weapon. Do they have the right to do so?

Yes, any person who enters a polling station with a visible weapon can be punished with imprisonment of from 10 (ten) to 2 (two) months or with a fine of from CFAF 25 000 (twenty-five thousand) to 250 000 (two hundred and fifty thousand) or with both such imprisonment and fine. The imprisonment term may be extended to 4 (four) months, and the fine to CFAF 500 000 (five hundred thousand) if the weapon is hidden.