Remove banners or lose deposit, candidates told

  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 29 May 2018

(BRIEF CAPTION) Some of the general election campaign materials have yet to be removed at Seberang Jaya. Pic by: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star/ 27 May 2018

THE Seberang Prai Municipal Council has reminded those who contested in GE14 to remove their campaign materials or risk having their deposits forfeited.

Its president Datuk Rozali Mohamud said the enforcement team was on the ground to oversee the removal of such materials.

He said 105 candidates had applied for permits to put up campaign materials on the Penang mainland.

“They were given 14 days after the polling date to remove the materials.

“We will not refund the RM50 deposit placed by each candidate if they fail to remove the materials at once.

“At the same time, we will also make a report to the Election Commission office in Penang not to refund their deposit once the time is up,” he said after chairing a meeting at the council headquarters in Bandar Perda, Bukit Mertajam, on Friday.

According to the Election Offences Act 1954 (Revised 1969), candidates who wish to display, furnish or distribute materials during the campaign period are required to pay a deposit of RM5,000 for a parliament seat and RM3,000 for a state seat.

Rozali said there were 21 and 84 candidates who contested for state and parliamentary seats respectively.

Of the 21 candidates vying for parliamentary seats, seven each were from Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan.

The rest were from PAS (five), Parti Cinta Malaysia (one) and Penang Front Party (one).

Of the 84 candidates contesting in state seats, 21 each were from Barisan and Pakatan.

The balance were PAS (14), Parti Rakyat Malaysia (11), Malaysian United Party (five), Parti Cinta Malaysia (one), Penang Front Party (nine), People’s Alternative Party (one) and independent (one).

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