EC wants parties to get police permit for house-to-house calls

Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun

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PONTIAN — Nov. 13, 2019: All parties and candidates in the Tanjung Piai by-election are required by the Election Commission to get a police permit to conduct house-to-house visits.

In addition, the walkabouts which are considered as a mobile election campaign, must state clearly the time frame and location.

Yesterday, a meeting was held between the EC and the police to coordinate and clarify issues concerning campaign permits and regulations, especially with regard to walkabouts.

“Campaign materials which are seditious and provocative in nature and do not have the name and address of the printer will be brought down,” said EC chairman Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun yesterday.

Flags placed by the roadside and hamper or pose a danger to the public will also be removed.

Campaign vehicles donned with flags and loudhailers and moving from one place to another must also apply for a permit from the police.

According to Azhar, the EC would make public the information concerning election offences as well as statistics on the number of reports made to the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission on its Facebook, Twitter and website every day throughout the by-election period.

Saturday is polling day for the by-election which will be contested by Pakatan Harapan’s Karmaine Sardini, Barisan Nasional’s Datuk Seri Dr. Wee Jeck Seng, Gerakan’s Wendy Subramaniam, Datuk Badhrulhisham Abdul Aziz from Berjasa and independents Dr. Ang Chuan Lock and Faridah Aryani Abd. Ghaffar.

The by-election is held following the death of Datuk Dr. Md. Farid Md. Rafik, last month due to heart complications.

In the 14th general elections last year, Farid from Pakatan, won with a majority of 524 to beat Wee and Nordin Othman of PAS. — Bernama



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