EC appoints 57 observers for Sandakan by-election

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  • Saturday, 27 Apr 2019

Election Commission Deputy Chairman Prof Dr Azmi Sharom. MOHD SAHAR MISNI/The Star

SANDAKAN: The Election Commission (EC) has appointed 57 observers from 10 organisations and two qualified individuals to monitor the Sandakan parliamentary by-election process here.

EC deputy chairman Dr Azmi Sharom said at a press conference after the nomination process on Saturday (April 27) that the Commission has also formed four enforcement teams for the campaign.

“The Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) has also opened its operation room at its Sandakan branch office, which is operating round the clock during the campaign period,” he said.

He said voter’s cards with electoral data including voting centre, channel and time of voting have also been issued to the 39,349 voters, but reminded them that they still need to bring their identity cards on polling day.

The Sandakan by-election campaign period officially started at 10am on Saturday and will run until 11.59pm of May 10, as polling day falls on May 11.

“The EC is targeting a 70% voter turnout in this by-election. We expect the results of the Sandakan by-election to be announced before 10pm on polling day.  

“Several improvements from recent by-elections will also be adopted and continued here, such as adding 17 new channels at voting centres with many voters (from 75 to 92 channels) and airing live streaming of the vote counting via Facebook Live from a channel of a selected voting centre,” Azmi added.

He strongly reminded that campaign materials which could incite racial sentiments, touch on religious sensitivities or create hostility are not allowed.

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