PETALING JAYA: No early voting centre will be opened on Oct 3 for the Pelangai by-election, says the Election Commission (EC).
This was because postal votes had been distributed to all the police officers voting in the Pelangai by-election, says EC secretary Datuk Ikmaruldin Ishak.
The EC had earlier announced that early voting would be on Oct 3.
Ikmaruldin said that the EC had distributed 73 ballot papers to voters eligible for postal voting on Monday (Sept 25).
"This includes 69 Category 1A voters (EC officials, election staff, police and media personnel), three overseas voters and one Category 1C voter (agencies or organisations).
"The postal votes were distributed in the presence of postal vote agents from all the contesting candidates.
"The EC would like to remind all postal voters to mark their ballot papers as well as to accurately fill in and complete the Identity Declaration (Form 2) and submit it to the returning officer by 5pm on October 7, 2023 (Saturday)," he said in a statement on Tuesday (Sept 26).
Ikmaruldin also reminded voters to maintain the confidentiality of their votes and not to snap pictures of their ballot papers or post them on social media.
The Pelangai state by-election on Oct 7 was set to be a three-cornered fight between Barisan Nasional's Datuk Amizar Abu Adam, Kasim Samat from Perikatan Nasional and independent candidate Haslihelmy DM Zulhasli.
The state by-election was called following the death of its incumbent, Barisan's Datuk Seri Johari Harun, 53, who was killed in the plane crash near Bandar Elmina, Shah Alam, on Aug 17.