Let no one misunderstand: stop campaigning on polling day & during the moratorium of campaigning means the following:
1. No street campaigning ie no vehicles and party members going around with party symbols and colours;No free food and drinks for anyone-even party members/supporters- after all they are not supposed to `work’ on the campaigns anymore;
2. No campaign in the Tvs, radios, newspapers. There should not be any news reporting of the campaign before eg in the form of commentary, predictions etc on the election and candidates. Given that only the ruling parties are represented in the TVs, radios and newspapers the incumbent candidates/parties must be consciencious not to abuse their access to these publicly funded media or GLC or party owned media. failing to keep to this point means that only 1 side is stopped from campaigning-which is not fair; Campaigning by these main stream media during election is a shame -but the EC has not highlighted this campaigning in his remarks of `unhealthy’ polling day campaigning!
3. The stopping of campaign on polling day/during moratorium should not mean there is not enough time for all candidates/parties to campaign. Given the current higly inadequate campaigning time(9-10 days) the campaigning period should be extended by bi-partisan negotiation. Camapign period should revert to the 2-3 weeks period as before Tun M’s time. If the campaign period is still restricted it would mean that the non-incumbent parties/candidates wouldn’t find enough time to project their platforms/candidates to the voters-an injustice and violation of the rule of free and far elections in itself! This point may be behind Pakatan’s concern over the campaign moratorium-and should be addressed to achieve a bi-partisan concensus, which will produce 2 desirable effects: respect voters’ right to vote in a totally unpressured environment; 2. slash police’s extravaagance paid from public’s coffer.