Observers picked to monitor polls


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

EC deputy chairman Dr Azmi Sharom said they had also formed four enforcement teams to keep watch over the campaigning.

“The MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) has also set up an operation room at its Sandakan office, which operates round the clock during the campaign,” he told reporters after the nomination yesterday.

Azmi said the voter’s card with electoral data such as voting centre, channel and time of voting were issued to the 39,349 voters, but said to also bring their identity cards.

“We are aiming for a 70% voter turnout. The results are expected before 10pm on May 11.Improvements include 17 new channels at voting centres with many voters and live streams of the vote-counting via Facebook.

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