PH has no problem with police permit rule for door-to-door campaign

PH candidate Karmaine Sardini, seen here pinning a campaign badge on a supporter, says his team will abide by a new requirement that candidates get a police permit to canvass for votes.

TANJUNG PIAI: Pakatan Harapan’s candidate in Tanjung Piai, Karmaine Sardini, sees no problem in the Election Commission’s (EC) directive that candidates apply for a police permit before they go door-to-door campaigning, after the move came under fire from Barisan Nasional leaders.

“If the Election Commission tells us to get a permit, we will get it,” Karmaine told FMT today.

He said that he was only informed about the permit yesterday, adding that this was never a requirement in the past.

EC chairman Azhar Harun today said apart from door-to-door canvassing, walkabouts are also considered a form of campaigning.

He said this followed a meeting with the Pontian police chief to clarify and coordinate issues related to permits and campaigning rules.