PETALING JAYA: General election candidates who change their mind about contesting in the May 5 polls can opt to stop campaigning. However, their names will still be included in the ballot papers on polling day, and any vote they receive will be counted.
Election Commission deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar said candidates were no longer given a grace period of three days after nomination day to formally withdraw and have their names removed from the ballot papers.
This followed the abolishing of the "cooling off" period several years ago that was approved by Parliament to ensure that candidates were serious about contesting when filing their nomination papers.
"We, therefore, regard the statement by DAP chairman Karpal Singh urging several of his party members to withdraw from contesting as an internal party matter.
"As far as we are concerned, as per the law, the names of all the candidates who were accepted on nomination day will remain on the ballot papers and any votes they receive will be counted," Wan Ahmad said when contacted Monday.
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