AMPANG Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) has issued a reminder to political parties to exercise greater control when putting up their campaigning materials.
Speaking to the media after the council’s monthly fullboard meeting yesterday, MPAJ president Abdul Hamid Abdul Hussain said the council had been quite lenient towards them.
“Political parties are only supposed to put up their campaign materials after nomination day,” he said.
According to the Election Advertisement By-Laws (MPAJ) 2007, political parties and election candidates are only allowed to put up their campaign materials between nomination day and polling day. For GE14, this means they can put up the flags and other election materials for the 11 days from April 28 to May 9.
The parties and candidates must first pay a deposit of RM1,000 and RM2,000 for state and parliamentary seats respectively to the Election Commission and submit an application to the local council to be allowed to set up campaign materials.
The materials allowed include flags, banners, posters and temporary billboards that can only be made from plywood up to a maximum size of three metres in height and width.
Abdul Hamid also reminded the parties that their campaign materials must be set up neatly, not obstruct pathways, endanger pedestrians and motorists, or damage property or trees in public spaces.
“Since they have already put up so many flags, we will not stop them from putting up only their flags,” he added.
However, MPAJ workers have been hard at work removing campaign banners that were hung up early.
Abdul Hamid was surprised to hear that over 1,000 election campaign banners had been confiscated so far.
He added that the council had committed about 95% of its staff – numbering more than 800 – to volunteering throughout the election season in various capacities.
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