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Chini by-election on July 4, EC ready for extension of MCO

Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun

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PUTRAJAYA, May 15 2020: The Election Commission (EC) has set July 4 as polling day for the Chini by-election in Pahang.

EC chairman Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun, who announce this today said the Health Ministry’s Covid-19 procedures would be applied during the by-election if the current conditional movement control order (MCO) is to be extended beyond the polling date.

The current conditional MCO was scheduled to end on June 9.

Nomination day has been set for June 20, which means there will be a two-week campaign period.

Azhar said the EC had consulted the National Security Council, Health Ministry and the police on the standard operating procedures for the by-election.

He said to control possible need for social distancing, as well as avoid overcrowding on polling day, the EC would limit the number of voters at each voting stream.

Voters will be informed of the recommended times for them to go out and cast their ballots.

Campaigning activities must also adhere to the movement control order (MCO), if it is still being enforced at that time.

The Pekan National Youth Skills Institute (IKBN) main hall will be used for the nomination and vote tallying processes.

The incumbent Chini assemblyman, Datuk Seri Abu Bakar Harun of Umno, passed away on May 7, paving the way for the by-election.

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