Rompin by-election: Action to be taken against polling day campaigners, says EC

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  • Tuesday, 05 May 2015

ROMPIN: Action can be taken against those still canvassing for votes on polling day said the Election Commission (EC).

EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Yusof said offenders could be fined up to RM3000 or jailed up to one year if found guilty.

"We have given them enough time for campaigning ... But they are still doing this. It is not proper," he told reporters at a media conference in conjunction with the Rompin by-election on Tuesday.

He however said that the offences would be hard to prove in court.

Supporters of Barisan Nasional and PAS could be seen urging voters to vote their candidates in front of polling stations on Tuesday.

Aziz said he was disappointed with the action of the supporters but was used to it.

"We told them that they are not allowed to do so but they said it's very important because it's the last minute. We hope the police and relevant authorities can do something about it," he said.

When asked about those who are giving transport allowance to outstation voters, Aziz said this was not against the law.

"As long as they don't tell the voters to vote for a certain party, it is not wrong. I have consulted MACC about this...That doesn't mean I am encouraging this practice," he said.

He added that as of 11am, some 45.9 percent (24,438) of the Rompin voters had cast their votes.

Polling will close at 5pm.

The by-election is a straight fight between Barisan Nasional's Datuk Hasan Arifin and PAS' Nazri Ahmad.

The seat fell vacant after incumbent of 23 years Tan Sri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis was killed in a helicopter crash along with five others on April 4 near Semenyih.

In the 2013 general election, Jamaluddin retained the seat by beating former Wanita PAS chief Nuridah Mohd Salleh with a majority of 15,114 votes.

The by-election is the ninth to be called since the 13th general election in May 2013.

The constituency has 53,294 registered voters, comprising 52,744 ordinary voters, 545 early voters and five absentee voters.

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