Parties rope in thousands of volunteers

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 7 Mar 2018

GEORGE TOWN: Volunteers are the unsung heroes for every political party when a general election is called. They are ordinary people doing extraordinary things behind the scenes.

Penang Barisan Nasional will be assisted by about 3,500 volunteers and polling agents in the coming general election, said state coalition chairman Teng Chang Yeow.

He said the number of volunteers may vary in each constituency depending on the needs during the campaign period.

“They will not be paid as most of them will be provided with food and drinks,” he said yesterday.

State DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the party will use some 4,000 volunteers as campaigners and polling and counting agents in the state during the elections.

“We do not pay volunteers but we will provide meals when they are on duty,” he said.

He added that the campaigners would distribute publicity mate­rials, put up flags and banners and canvass voters to come out and vote.

“Candidates will sometimes outsource their campaign publicity to residents, and they in turn will engage the people to do the work,” he said.

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