EC to reassess suitable campaign period

BALAKONG: The Election Commission (EC) says it will look into whether the practice of having a campaign period of up to 21 days for an election is appropriate.

Its secretary Mohamed Elias Abu Bakar said the EC had received various reactions to the Balakong and Seri Setia by-elections which saw campaign periods of three weeks, the longest in the country’s history.

“For the Sungai Kandis by-election, we gave 14 days. For these two by-elections, we gave 21 days. We will re-assess this to find a more suitable timeframe.

“We also have to get feedback from the contesting candidates and parties. We will review,” he told reporters after visiting SJK(C) Balakong, one of the polling centres for the Balakong by-election this morning.

The by-election follows the death of its incumbent Eddie Ng in a road accident on July 20. It sees a straight fight between Pakatan Harapan candidate Wong Siew Ki and MCA candidate Tan Chee Teong.

Mohamed said the EC had yet to receive any reports of election offences or violations throughout the course of the campaign for the Balakong and Seri Setia by-elections.