EC meeting political parties today on new polling rules


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  • Thursday, 23 Apr 2009

PETALING JAYA: The Election Commission is meeting political parties today to discuss new approaches to ensure a smoother and more orderly election process before the Penanti by-election.

Deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar said that, among others, the commission hoped to limit the number of supporters on nomination and polling day.

He said the commission also wanted to highlight the trend of supporters of all parties “campaigning” on polling day.

“The present rule disallows any form of campaigning after midnight on the eve of polling day.

“This seems to have been disregarded by everyone. All parties are still campaigning right until the close of voting,” Wan Ahmad told mStar Online yesterday.

In fact, he said that the commission would also broach the possibility of implementing a 24-hour or two days’ cooling off period as practised in many countries.

The meeting with Barisan Nasional representatives will be in the morning and those from PAS, DAP and PKR in the afternoon.

Wan Ahmad said the commission hoped to get the cooperation of all parties to respect the regulations.

Meanwhile, Bernama reports that the commission is expected to announce the nomination and polling dates for the Penanti by-election on Monday.

Its public relations officer Sabri Said said: “We met today (yesterday) to discuss matters involving the vacancy of the Penanti state seat. However, the announcement would only be made on Monday and not Friday as scheduled earlier.”

The seat fell vacant following the resignation of PKR’s Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin as Penang Deputy Chief Minister I and Penanti assemblyman.

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