There are no dress codes to legally cast a vote in Malaysia.
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Sabahan voters are turning up to the polling booth in style.
With the Sabah state elections taking place on September 26, 2020, the people from the Land below the Wind are showing the entire country that politics can be quite a whimsical affair.
Images shared online captures voters attending polls as well as casting their ballots in colorful costumes.
One citizen drew smiles when he proudly walked to the ballot box at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Tansau in Penampang fully dressed in a classic white Mighty Morphin Power Rangers suite.
While another man channeled his “pendekar” spirit and casted his vote in traditional ethnic clothing complimented by a shining tiara.
Polling in Sabah begins from 7 am till 5 pm with 741 polling stations opened in 73 constituencies. Over 1 million people are expected to cast their ballots during Sabah’s 16th state elections.
How is this legal?
With the Covid-19 pandemic still plaguing the country, the Malaysian Elections Commision (SPR) have maintained strict guidelines and standard operating procedure (SOP) to ensure that voting can be done smoothly and safely.
According to SPR regulations, Malaysian voters do not have a dress code to abide by.
The Election Offences Act 1954 dictates that voters are not allowed to be within 50 meters or enter the polling stations if they are wearing clothing or carrying any items that display the name, image, or symbol of a political party or candidate.
Former SPR Chairman Tan Sri Mohd Hashim Abdullah had explained that as long as a person is appropriately dressed, then there are no obstacles for them to legally cast their ballots during a general election.
Just try not to show up completely naked and you won’t be spending the night in jail.
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