KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Bersih 2.0 has reminded all political parties against campaigning unethically and committing electoral offences for the Sandakan by-election on May 11.
The electoral watchdog also reminded the ruling coalition and candidates against misusing government machinery and assets to wield influence during the campaign period.
Sabah Bersih vice chairman Beverly Joeman (pic) said political parties are advised to read up on the Election Offences Act 1954, before starting to campaign for their candidates.
"Let Sabah be an example to all states in Malaysia by not committing electoral offences and campaigning ethically and with fairness.
"Sabahans need to hold politicians accountable if they use government funds for this by-election.
"We encourage all Sabahans to observe the electoral process and ensure that it abides by the law and constitution," she said in a statement on Thursday (April 25).
Joeman said Sabah Bersih has also mobilised its "Pemantau" team of seven observers to monitor the election and campaign period.
"Offenders will be reported to the authorities and Election Commission for the next course of action," she noted.
The Pemantau team will focus on offences such as bribery and vote buying, giving out food or drinks and other gifts, misusing government assets, intimidation, violence and harassment, as well as campaigning on polling day.
Complaints on electoral offences, violation of rights, or racist campaigns, can be submitted to 0145724007 (via call or WhatsApp) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.