GE14 ended more than a month ago but campaign materials still have not been taken down in six out of the seven parliamentary constituencies in Seberang Prai.
Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) secretary Rosnani Mahmod said party flags, banners and streamers could still be seen on the streets of Kepala Batas, Tasek Gelugor, Permatang Pauh, Batu Kawan, Bagan and Nibong Tebal parliamentary constituencies.
She said only Bukit Mertajam was ‘clear’, adding that the council workers were still making their rounds to remove such materials at Batu Kawan and Nibong Tebal.
“Each candidate had to pay a deposit to the Election Commission before starting their campaign,” she said after a full council meeting at MPSP headquarters in Bandar Perda on Monday.
“If the cost of cleaning or removing such materials exceed the deposit amount, then the candidate concerned will be billed for the additional cost.”
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.
During GE14, 105 candidates 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.
Rosnani said the clearing work was expected to be completed by end of the month.
She was responding to a written question by councillor Michael Tan Cheong Heng, who queried if the candidates decided to leave the publicity materials deliberately or were too busy to remove them.
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