EC to decide on Aug 8 on having 2 by-elections simultaneously

EC deputy chairman Othman Mahmood says the improvements implented in Sungai Kandis will be used in the Balakong and Seri Setia by-elections.

SHAH ALAM: The Election Commission (EC) will take into consideration polling locations, security and logistics aspects before deciding on holding the Balakong and Seri Setia by-elections simultaneously.

Its deputy chairman Othman Mahmood said these details must be taken into account and the decision would be made in a special meeting expected to be held at the EC headquarters on Aug 8.

“The meeting will also decide on the important dates for the Seri Setia state by-election,” he said at the end of the Sungai Kandis vote-counting process at the Dewan Besar Tanjung of the Shah Alam City Council in Section 19 here last night.

On the 49.4% voter turnout in the Sungai Kandis by-election he said the EC had made improvements by increasing on the number of polling channels from two to three, providing buggies and extending the polling time.

“We will ensure these steps are maintained for the Balakong and Seri Setia by-elections,” he said.