Balakong By-Election, EC Improvements

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Nomination Aug 18, poll Sept 8RM, and RM1.5 million allocated for improvements.

Improvements by EC:

  • Longer campaign period
  • Additional ballot boxes
  • Additional voting streams
  • Extended voting time

“With these improvements, we hope they can reduce crowded voters at the polling stations so that they can fulfil their duty with ease,” Othman said.

The Balakong by-election will be held on Sept 8, says Election Commission deputy chairman Tan Sri Othman Mahmood.

Nomination Day will be on Aug 18 and the campaign period will last for 21 days.

This is one of the longest campaign periods set for a general election or a by-election so far.

It is also in accordance with one of electoral reform movement Bersih’s long-time demands.

“The electoral roll to be used for this by-election is the first quarter of 2018, which is updated until July 20, 2018.

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“The electoral roll contains 62,219 registered voters comprising 62,160 ordinary voters, 31 early voters and 28 absent voters living abroad,” Othman told reporters at a press conference at EC headquarter here, today.

Othman said the overseas and domestic postal voting applications would be opened from today (July 30) and closes on August 18.

Early voting will be held on Sept 4.

EC has agreed to appoint Hulu Langat district officer Datuk Rosli Othman as the election manager, assisted by three assistant election managers and 998 personnel appointed from the public.

Dewan Utama Demesne Pejabat Daerah dan Tanah Hulu Langat will be used as the nomination centre and the official vote tallying centre, he said.

“For this Balakong by-election, we have made the same improvements as the Sungai Kandis by-election by creating two channels for voters aged 60 years and above, and extending 30 minutes of polling period from 8.00am until 5.30pm compared to 5.00pm previously.

Election Commission deputy chairman Tan Sri Othman Mahmood (left) referencing the Balakong area during a press conference in Putrajaya July 30, 2018.

“EC will add another 29 new channels in polling centres, with a total of 129 channels compared to 100 channels in GE14. The estimated allocation needed for this improvements is around RM1.5 million,” he added.

The commission also made another improvement by increasing polling boxes to three, compared to two boxes previously.

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“With these improvements, we hope they can reduce crowded voters at the polling stations so that they can fulfil their duty with ease,” Othman said.

During the by-election, EC said that any non-government organisations (NGOs) or persons with disabilities (OKUs) who are interested to observe the by-election process may apply to do so.

The Balakong seat in the Selangor Legislative Assembly fell vacant after its representative Eddie Ng perished in an accident on July 20.