EC keeping an eye on activities of candidates

KUALA LUMPUR: The Election Commission (EC) has deployed two election campaign enforcement teams to monitor the activities of candidates contesting in the Sungai Bakap state by-election.

EC deputy chairman Dr Azmi Sharom said that all campaign methods and materials are permissible as long as they do not incite hostility, or involve racial or religious sensitivities, including issues related to race, religion and royalty (3R), and adhere to the Election Offences Act 1954 (Act 5) and related laws.

“The EC hopes for a campaign period conducted in a harmonious atmosphere and in compliance with existing laws and regulations,” he said in a statement yesterday, reported Bernama.

He further explained that candidates must also comply with local authority by-laws when displaying and distributing materials containing their photos, party emblems or symbols, as well as photos of coalition or component party leaders.

“There is no restriction on the inclusion of photos of political party logos or images of leaders from component political parties or alliances on election campaign materials,” he added.

The campaign period for the by-election begins after the official announcement of candidates is made by the returning officer, and will run until 11.59pm on July 5.

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