THE Ipoh City Council has advised all candidates to remove their campaign material once polling day is over.
Ipoh Mayor Datuk Zamri Man said the candidates have 14 days to clear banners, posters, bunting and other campaign materials.
Zamri said if they fail to do so within that period, their deposit of RM5,000 for a parliamentary candidate and RM4,000 for a state seat candidate to clean up campaign material will not be returned.
“We want to make sure that the candidates remove all the campaign material and thus the rates has increased from RM150 and RM100 previously,” he told reporters after the council’s full board meeting last Thursday.
Zamri said a one-time permit costing RM2,000 to put up campaign material also came into effect for this general election. The cost of the permit is not refundable.
“Officers need to monitor the material daily to check if it obstructs the view of road users, or if it is placed in inappropriate places.
“For the previous general election, most of the material was removed after the results were announced on polling day itself, and I am hoping that this year will be the same.
“However, there were several candidates whose posters are left up for months,” he added.
Zamri said, due to heavy rain and strong winds, some campaign material falls onto roads, and in such cases council enforcement officers will inform the candidate’s campaign officer to remove.
“We don’t want to be seen holding the material and have people interpreting it the wrong way,” he added.