Tanjung Piai by-election: Three groups to launch joint poll observation

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The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0), Tindak Malaysia and Engage will coordinate efforts to monitor the upcoming Tanjung Piai by-election.

The three organisations call on all contesting candidates and political parties to strictly abide by all the election laws. The election observation mission will cover the period from nominations on 2 November till polling on 6 November.

Bersih 2.0 will also monitor the activities and statements of politicians and political parties even before nomination day for any abuse of state resources to influence Tanjung Piai voters.

While current laws do not make it an offence to make announcements of development projects or conditional promises that are specific to the constituency of Tanjung Piai, we urge the Pakatan Harapan government to adhere to the principle of free and fair elections by not abusing their position as both state and federal governments.

The scope of the election observation mission will include the conduct of the by-election by the Electoral Commission from the nomination process, campaign period, polling day, counting of votes and announcement of results.

The election observation mission will also monitor any possible election offences by politicians and political parties, including bribery and vote-buying; the provision of treats, gifts, undue government handouts and other inducement; the use of government machinery, intimidation, violence and harassment.

In view of the possible use of race and religion to fish for votes in the election campaign, the three organisations will be on the lookout for hate speech by anyone in this by-election.

Bersih 2.0 also calls on members of the public, especially the residents of Tanjung Piai, to volunteer as election observers. Observers should be 21 and above and not members of any political party. The main tasks include monitoring the nomination, polling and vote-counting processes as well as campaign activities.

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Anyone who is interested in volunteering as an observer or reporting an election offence may contact Bersih 2.0 at 03-79314444/019-4380428 or fill up the complaints form at aduan.pemantau.org

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