EC forms advance monitors for Pahang, Selangor
SHAH ALAM, May 14 — The Election Commission (EC) has formed monitoring enforcement teams in Pahang and Selangor to ensure smooth running of 13th general election.
Its deputy chairman, Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar, said the teams were formed in each of the 14 parliamentary constituencies in Pahang and 56 state constituencies in Selangor.
“The EC will form similar teams in other states by the middle of June. It will be done when necessary to save cost,” he told reporters after a briefing for the teams attended by 22 returning officers in Selangor here today.
“State EC directors are getting feedback from returning officers on whether similar teams should be formed in parliamentary or state constituencies.”
Wan Ahmad said the teams would monitor campaign activities like rallies to ensure that the election runs smoothly and without any untoward incidents.
“Posters or banners that contradict the Election Offences Act will be taken down by these teams.”
The teams led by EC officers will include police officers with rank of Inspector and above, officers of local authorities and representatives of candidates, including independents.
Wan Ahmad said the EC will provide each team with two 4WD vehicles to carry out enforcement duties.
He also said no candidate has won a court petition challenging the election process conducted by the EC as it was done according to the law.
On action against political parties flying party flags before the official election campaign starts, he said the matter is under the jurisdiction of local authorities.
Returning officers throughout the country will set up call centres to receive complaints just before general election. — Bernama