EC: 21-day campaign period to be re-evaluated


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 09 Sep 2018

BALAKONG: The Election Com­mission (EC) will re-evaluate whether the practice of having a campaign period of up to 21 days is appropriate.

EC secretary Datuk Mohamed Elias Abu Bakar said it had received various reactions to the Balakong and Seri Setia by-elections, which had the longest campaign period in the country’s history.

“During the Sungai Kandis by-election, we gave 14 days. For these two by-elections, we fixed 21 days of campaigning.

“We will reassess to find a more suitable time frame and after getting feedback from contesting candidates and parties,” he told reporters after visiting SJK(C) Balakong, one of the polling centres for the Balakong by-election.

The by-election was held following the death of its incumbent Eddie Ng Tien Chee in a road accident on July 20.

On the course of the campaigning, Mohamed Elias said the EC had yet to receive any report of election offences or violation. — Bernama


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