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Chini By-Election To Take Place In July With Strict SOP

Chini By-Election To Take Place In July With Strict SOP

Akmal Hakim

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The Chini State Assembly seat by-election in Pahang will proceed on July 4.

The Election Commission (EC) announced Malaysia’s first public democratic proceeding after the Perikatan Nasional takeover, coinciding with the Covid-19 pandemic, will take place with strict adherence to the current Conditional Movement Control (CMCO) guidelines, set to end on June 9.

Chini’s official polling day, as mentioned, will be on July 4, while early voting will be done on June 30.

The preceding candidate nomination day is set for June 20, leaving two-weeks for all political campaigning activities.

There will be 14 polling stations open with a total of 66 voting channels, manned by over 800 EC appointed officials.

Running a general election where Malaysians can exercise their rights to vote does not come cheap. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng
Voters lining up to vote at a polling station set at a local public school.
(Credit: Saw Siow Feng/Malay Mail)

EC chairman Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun had explained that as the by-election will proceed during a pandemic, it will be conducted according to standard operating procedures (SOPs) made after consolidating with the National Security Council (NSC), National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA), the Health Ministry (MOH) and police.

Azhar Azizan said that procedures would include social distancing measures, temperature checks, the use of hand sanitizers and face masks and that the EC will finalize details of the SOP soon.

The EC says that the public can review their voter information starting July 3.

Inquiries on polling centers, channels, and other details can be made through the EC’s official website, HERE, or the MySPR Semak mobile application.

Similarly, voters can also get details via the EC’s official hotlines by calling 03-88927018 or texting to 15888.

Chini’s state assembly seat was left vacant following the death of Umno assemblyman Datuk Seri Abu Bakar Harun on May 6.


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