The EC/SPR want to clamp down on campaigning on polling day, which is a commendable policy; however it is allowing a loophole to appear ie to allow the party to ferry voters in color-coded vehicles which leave no doubt as to which party is sponsoring the vehicles. What would the drivers do to the voters on the way to the polling centres other than last minutes campaigning? There were stories of voters being misdirected to wrong voting centres when the drivers sensed that the voters are not voting the way the party like them to…
June 21, 2009 20:15 PM
EC Car Stickers After Nomination Day
KUALA KRAI, June 21 (Bernama) — Coloured car stickers issued by the Election Commission (EC), and to be used for the first time in July 14 Manik Urai state assembly by-election this July, will be distributed after nomination day on July 6.
The stickers are to allow vehicles ferrying voters access to voting centres to drop off voters and to pick them up at predetermined locations.
They come in three colours. Blue for the Barisan Nasional (BN), green for Pas and dark yellow for independents.
Kelantan EC director, Ab Rahim Md Salleh, said representatives of political parties or independent persons contesting could go to the operations room of the Kuala Krai manager’s office here to get the stickers.
“Up till now 100 stickers have been allocated for each party and that amount is expected to be sufficient as we cannot give more for the main reason of preventing traffic congestion,” he told Bernama here today.
“It is hoped that the stickers, being implemented for the first time in the history of elections, are used by party workers and that they do not put any of their own logos or party signs on their vehicles,” he said.
He said under Sub Section 26(1) of the Elections Act 1954 those flouting regulations can be imprisoned for not more than a year or fined RM5,000 or both if found guilty.
Ab Rahim said since last week three EC tables to check voter status had been set up in rotation at the nine voting centres.
He reminded all parties contesting not to campaign or fish for votes on the voting day.
“We do not want voters to feel pressured on the day and that they be free to vote for who they want,” he said.
Ab Rahim said to date there were 12,293 registered voters of whom 45 were Chinese, 26 Indians and the rest Malays.
He said 400 people from outside the EC had been appointed to help out.