Walkabout campaign must be clear, police permit needed for house-to-house campaigning

PONTIAN, All parties and candidates contesting in the Tanjung Piai parliamentary by-election are reminded to get a police permit to conduct house-to-house visits as they too are considered as a form of campaigning.

Election Commission (EC) Chairman Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun said in addition, the walkabout programme, which is also considered as a mobile election campaign, must have a clear time frame and location for monitoring purposes.

He said all parties or candidates involved were reminded to comply with all regulations stipulated for campaigning particularly involving permit application.

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.

Campaign materials which were seditious and provocative in nature and did not have the name and address of the printers would be brought down, he said in a statement here today.

Azhar said flags that were placed by the roadsides and hampered or posed dangers to the public would also be removed.

He said appropriate action would also be taken regarding party flags hung on vehicles that caused danger to members of the public.

Campaigning vehicles that were installed with flags and loudhailers and moving from one place to another place must apply for campaigning permit from the police.

According to Azhar, the EC would make public the information concerning election offences as well as statistics on the number of reports made to the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on its Facebook, Twitter and websites every day throughout the by-election period.

The EC hopes that all candidates and parties would carry out their campaign in a more mature manner throughout the remaining five days of campaigning so that the Tanjung Piai by-election run smoothly without any undesired incidents, he added.

The EC has fixed Saturday as polling day for the Tanjung Piai by-election which will see a six-cornered fight involving the Pakatan Harapan (PH) 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 Abd Ghaffar.

The by-election is held following the death of the incumbent Member of Parliament Datuk Dr Md Farid Md Rafik, 42, on Sept 21 due to heart complication.

In the 14th General Election, the late Md Farid, who represented PH won with a majority of 524 votes to beat Wee (BN-MCA) and Nordin Othman (PAS).

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)