So it is confirmed:
Penanti poll: May 31st Nomination: May 23rd
Campaign period: 8 days
The timelining shows a EC which is trying to push back polling as far as possible(it has 60 days for monouvre )-as though to buy time for a party which may involve in the by-election), in contrast to previous practice to finish off the duty ASAP. Then the campaign period is kept to the shortest -so the police will ge given an excuse to forcibly crack down on Federal Opposition parties’ campaign activities.
But as seen in Batu Gantang the extended wait for the polling will enable to the candidates/parties to get prepared better and to start ahead of official campaign period which start from the nomination day-for all sides of the politics.
SPR has announced that there will be heavy fines for anyone caught campaigning on polling day-including nullifying candidate’s victory; suspend voting rights of a person for 5 years plus Rm5000.00 fines. However SPR did not make any compromise for sufficient campaign period and specify campaign over main stream media. There will not be any party’s information booth allowed on polling day.
A small concession from the SPR: both nomination day (May 23rd-sat) and Polling day(May 31st-Sun) falls on weekend in Penang.
For observers: all folks interested in election observation are welcome to sign up now as mafrel observers and make your observation count in the campaign to improve the election operation in Malaysia. In Bkt Selambau Mafrel collected more than 11Gb of photos/videos of election observation containing lots of irregularities which we will expose ahead of the Penanti by-election. Watch out!
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