SEREMBAN: The Election Commission (EC) has refuted an allegation that it is biased and only enforces laws against one political party during the campaign period for the Rantau state seat.
EC chairman Azhar Azizan Harun said the campaign enforcement authorities received 16 reports of election offences, involving two political parties contesting in the by-election.
“They are eight offences committed by Party A and another eight by Party B, not against Party A or Party B only. These are the facts. The EC is fair,” he said after monitoring the inspection of ballot boxes and distribution of election equipment to the polls presiding officers at SJK(C) Bandar Sri Sendayan, which would be used as the vote-tallying centre.
He said among the 16 offences were those on campaigning without a permit and putting up banners contrary to the rules.
Azhar Azizan said the EC acted on the reports by advising offenders not to repeat the offences.
He also said that the by-election campaign had gone on smoothly over the past 13 days.
He expects the results to be announced by 10pm today.
A total of 14 polling stations with 53 polling streams will be made available from 8am to 5.30pm today to enable 20,793 voters to elect their representative.
On Tuesday, some 96% of the 110 early voters, comprising military and police personnel and their spouses, cast their ballots.
The by-election sees a four-cornered fight among anaesthetist Dr S. Streram of Pakatan Harapan, Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan of Barisan Nasional and two independent candidates – R. Malarvizhi and Mohd Nor Yassin.