Police Debunks News of 10-Day Notice for Ceramah

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Apparently as easy as submitting applications to hold ceramah even on the day itself.

Perak police chief Comm Datuk Hasnan Hassan has debunked talk that all election candidates who wish to campaign must give a 10-day notice.

He explained that candidates could submit their applications even on the day of the ceramah.

Hasnan said they could do so throughout the campaign period as long as they informed the police, adding that this came under Section 24B(3) of the Election Offences Act.

“All OCPDs in the state have been told to swiftly approve these applications provided all the details are there.

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“If there are applications for two or more ceramah sessions at the same place and time, then we will make the necessary adjustments to ensure there are no clashes,” he said.

Only candidates or their election agents can apply for a permit to hold ceramah.

However, non-contesting politicians will have to apply for a permit under Section 9(1) of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.

“This is to prevent crowding of any hot seat by any politician,” Hasnan said.

He added that a contesting candidate can invite any other politician such as Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi or Lim Kit Siang to speak at his ceramah.

“The contesting candidate can invite anyone, he only needs to inform the police that there will be additional speakers.

“But if Najib, Ahmad Zahid or Lim wants to set up a stage and hold ceramah in areas that they are not contesting, this will fall under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 and we will scrutinise the application,” Hasnan said.