Police to ensure by-election runs smoothly

GEORGE TOWN: Police have identified several hotspots around the Sungai Bakap state constituency ahead of the July 6 by-election.

Penang police chief Datuk Hamzah Ahmad said voters or residents in the area need not worry as they have taken all measures, including being at the highest level of readiness, to face the by-election.

“Police are at the highest level of preparedness for the Sungai Bakap state by-election and, so far, we have also identified several hotspots as well as other areas that may be hotspots,” he said at Penang police headquarters here yesterday.

Hamzah said 1,000 officers and personnel from the Penang police contingent will be on duty throughout the Sungai Bakap election period, from the June 22 nomination day until the July 6 polling day, to ensure the democratic process runs smoothly. (Early voting will take place on July 2).

“Police in Penang will use existing resources (of officers and personnel from the Penang contingent) to be placed on duty throughout the Sungai Bakap by-election period, but if there is an urgent need, we will seek help from other states,” he added.

The Sungai Bakap state seat fell vacant following the death of its incumbent Nor Zamri Latiff from PAS, on May 24 due to stomach inflammation. — Bernama

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