Flags Of Political Parties You Might Be Seeing Are Not Supposed To Be Up Yet

Campaign materials should not be put up before Parliament is dissolved.

Cover image via New Straits Times

Yesterday, 27 March, Sepang Municipal Council president Datuk Puasa Md Taib urged political parties to not put up campaign materials, including party flags, before dissolution of Parliament

Image via Selangor TV

New Straits Times (NST) reported Puasa as saying that campaign materials should also not threaten the safety of road users. 

He added that party flags, posters, and banners can only be put up at approved locations.

Puasa stressed that action will be taken against political parties who put up their campaign materials at unauthorised locations

"We will not hesitate to take action against any party that put up their campaign materials (at locations) that can distract or obstruct road users' line of sight," he was quoted as saying by NST.

He also said that complaints regarding such campaign materials can be forwarded to the Municipal Council.

"Complaints regarding this can be forwarded to the council for action to be taken. So far, we have not received any such complaints," he added.

Political parties and candidates contesting in the 14th general election (GE14) are required to get approval from the council to put up their campaign materials

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Image via Malay Mail Online

Puasa said that political parties and candidates have to obtain consent from the council and pay a deposit before they can put up their campaign materials. 

"In the excitement to campaign, one should not go overboard and break the law or endanger the public," he added.

Official campaign period for elections can only begin on nomination day itself, which has been previously extended from seven to 11 days minimum

The Borneo Post reported that Elections (Conduct of Election) Regulations 1981 was revised to lengthen the minimum campaigning period from seven to 11 days

Have you noticed any campaign materials already put up in your area? Let us know in the comments below. You can even forward your complaints to the Sepang Municipal Council here.

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