KOTA BHARU – Outstation voters have been urged to return to vote in the Chempaka state by-election despite an alleged campaign by some quarters on the social media to prevent them from doing so.
Election Commission (EC) secretary Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh said the EC always encouraged voters to carry out their responsibility.
“Do not look at who is contesting and do not submit to campaigns (conducted on the social media) not to go back to vote. Voters need to carry out their responsibility,” he told Bernama when approached while reviewing preparations to set up the nomination centre at the Dewan Bitara of the Maktab Rendah Sains MARA (MRSM) in Pengkalan Chepa here today.
Also present was the returning officer, Ibrahim Bakri Mat Deris, and Kelantan EC director Mohamad Mahmud.
Abdul Ghani was asked to comment on an alleged campaign in the social media asking voters not to return home to vote on polling day on March 22 because many felt that the proposed PAS candidate Ahmad Fathan Mahmood alias Mahamad would win the by-election easily.
Commenting on the by-election, he said that as of today, 15 nomination forms had been bought by several individuals while two had paid the deposit of RM5,000.
“Another candidate has given his commitment to pay the deposit on nomination day tomorrow,” he said.
However, Abdul Ghani did not divulge the names of the independent candidates who would be contesting and had paid the deposit amount.
He said the nomination centre would open at 9 am tomorrow and close at 10 am. Candidates should not bring more than 100 supporters each, he added.
“The supporters of every candidate should abide by the regulations which have been set by the EC and not bring any musical instruments or loudspeakers during the nomination process, he said.
The Chempaka state by-election is being held following the death of the assemblyman, PAS spiritual leader and former Kelantan menteri besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat on Feb 12.
In the 13th general election, Nik Abdul Aziz defeated Wan Razman Wan Abdul Razak of the Barisan Nasional by a majority of 6,500 votes. – BERNAMA