Removal of 'canvassing booths' causing confusion, delays, say BN candidates


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 09 May 2018

Datuk Leong Kok Wee (centre) casting his vote in Taman Saga, Pandan. -Samuel Ong/The Star

AMPANG: Several Barisan Nasional candidates in the Pandan parliamentary constituency said the removal of "pondok panas" (canvassing booths) was prolonging the voting process.

Barisan candidate for Pandan Datuk Leong Kok Wee said the sudden dismantling of these tents, as instructed by the Election Commission, were causing confusion for some voters.

"Many rely on these spots to check their information as well as find out which stream they should line up at.

"Without it, some end up queuing up in the wrong lines," he said after casting his ballot at the Taman Saga community hall.

Gerakan's Ben Liew Pok Boon, who is contesting the Teratai state seat, said the removal was causing longer queues at the EC checking points.

"Why were they removed? There have not been such issues in the other states," he said at the SK Pandan Perdana polling centre.

He added that as a result, many voters end up queuing twice.

These booths are put up by political parties near polling centres to enable voters to check their status and for last-minute canvassing on polling day.

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