PONTIAN: Shuttle buses will be available for voters staying far from the voting centres to exercise their right to vote in the Tanjung Piai by-election today.
Two shuttle buses will be available to ferry voters every 15 to 30 minutes from Kampung Ulu Pulai to the voting centre at SJK(C) Yung Ming, said Johor Election Commission (EC) deputy director (operation) Mohamad Zaidad Abdul Samat.
“Kampung Ulu Pulai is the only village located away from the Bandar Pekan Nanas Selatan district voting centre.
“Other villages are located not too far from their respective district voting centres, ” he explained, saying the shuttle buses would operate from 7.30am to 4.30pm.
He said this at Dewan Jubli Intan here after checking the equipment for polling day.
The Election Commission (EC) has also prepared raincoats just in case it rains.
“Heavy rains are expected in the evening in the next few days and we have made the necessary preparationsfor this.
“The district officer is also prepared with back-up plans in case of flooding, ” he added.
Zaidad said that some 114 wheelchairs would be provided for the polls too.
“There are about 977 voters who are registered as people with special needs in this by-election and there may be even more voters who are not registered.
“We have distributed the wheelchairs accordingly and if needed, we will get additional ones from the Welfare Department, ” he said.
Some 52,985 voters are expected to cast their votes in the by-election here, including 280 early voters who cast their votes on Tuesday.
The by-election was called after the seat fell vacant following the death of incumbent Datuk Dr Md Farik Md Rafik on Sept 21.
The Tanjung Piai by-election is a six-cornered fight with Karmaine Sardini for Pakatan Harapan, Datuk Seri Dr Wee Jeck Seng (Barisan Nasional), Wendy Subramaniam from Gerakan, Datuk Dr Badhrulhisham Abdul Aziz (Pan Malaysian Islamic Front - Berjasa) and independent candidates Dr Ang Chuan Lock and Faridah Aryani Abdul Ghaffar.
Johor unity, domestic trade and consumer affairs committee chairman Dr S. Ramakrishnan urged voters to be calm when casting their votes and not to be influenced by propaganda, fake news and fake information being circulated during the by-election.
He appealed to the voters of Tanjung Piai to vote wisely.