Several Male Voters Were Denied Entry At Their Polling Stations For Wearing Shorts
Earlier this month, the Election Commission (EC) confirmed in a statement that voters would not be required to abide by a dress code on polling day
According to The Star, EC chairman Mohd Hashim Abdullah said that the authorities would never prevent a voter from entering the polling station as long as he or she adheres to the law.
Under Section 26 (1) (g) of the Election Offences Act 1954, voters are only prohibited from wearing any type of clothing that displays names of candidates, political party symbols or logos at the polling stations on election day.
Nevertheless, an elderly man was denied entry from his polling station in Butterworth earlier today for wearing knee-length pants
The 70-year-old voter was told by an EC officer at SMK Kampung Kastam, Butterworth, to only return once he has changed into longer pants, Free Malaysia Today reported.
In the video posted on Youtube, the EC officer can be heard saying that, "before this it was allowed, but now, what to do?" before advising the man to "change and then go inside straight away."
Several other male voters in different constituencies were also reportedly turned away for showing up at their polling stations in shorts and slippers
However, some men faced no challenges from EC officers when they attempted to vote in the same attire
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