PONTIAN: All parties and candidates contesting in the Tanjung Piai parliamentary by-election have been reminded that a police permit is required for house-to-house campaigning.
Election Commission (EC) chairman Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun said walkabouts were also considered as mobile campaigning and must have a clear time frame and location for monitoring purposes.
He said all parties or candidates were reminded to comply with all regulations stipulated for campaigning, particularly permit applications.
“Yesterday, a meeting was held between EC officials and Pontian OCPD and his officers to coordinate and clarify issues concerning campaigning permits and regulations, especially with regard to the walkabout programmes held by all candidates or parties contesting in the election.”
Azhar said in a statement yesterday that campaign materials which were seditious, provocative in nature and did not have the name and address of the printer would be brought down.
He added that flags that were placed by the roadside and hampered or posed a danger to the public would also be removed.
In the statement, Azhar said the EC and police outlined regulations on the use of party flags as well as campaigning using vehicles.
Azhar said appropriate action would also be taken regarding flags hung on vehicles that could pose a danger to members of the public.
“Campaigning vehicles that are installed with flags and loudhailers and moving from one place to another must apply for campaigning permit from the police, ” he said.
According to Azhar, the EC would report information concerning statistics on offences as well as statistics on the number of police reports and reports of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) made throughout the campaigning period on Facebook, Twitter and the EC website every day throughout the by-election period.
The EC has fixed Saturday as polling day for the Tanjung Piai by-election which will see a six-cornered fight involving Pakatan Harapan candidate Karmaine Sardini, Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Datuk Seri Dr Wee Jeck Seng, Wendy Subramaniam (Gerakan), and Datuk Dr Badhrulhisham Abdul Aziz from Barisan Jemaah Islamiah (Berjasa) as well as two independent candidates namely Dr Ang Chuan Lock and Faridah Aryani Abdul Ghaffar. — Bernama