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ELECTRICITY AMENDMENT H.B. 7, 2022

ELECTRICITY AMENDMENT BILL, 2022
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Memorandum
This Bill will amend the Electricity Act [Chapter 13:19] in clauses stipulated
below.
Clause 1
This clause sets out the Bill’s short title.
Clause 2
This clause provides for the introduction of stiffer penalties for the abstraction
or diversion of any electric current, or the use of such electric current, knowing it to
have been unlawfully abstracted or diverted. Currently the Act provides for an option
to pay a fine where one is convicted for such a crime, and the Bill proposes to remove
the option to pay a fine generally, unless they are special circumstances peculiar to the
case that may warrant awarding the option to pay a fine.
Clause 3
This clause provides for the introduction of stiffer penalties for transportation of
material used in connection with generation, transmission, distribution or supply of
electricity. Currently the Act provides for an option to pay a fine where one is convicted
for such a crime, and the Bill proposes to remove the option to pay a fine and instead
for one to be liable to imprisonment for a period not less than 10 years. The clause
also makes provision for the Court to consider special circumstances, which might be
exempted from this stiffer penalty

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