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6,000-strong police force at by-election

KUALA TERENGGANU, 1 Jan 2009: About 6,000 police officers will be on duty for the Kuala Terengganu by-election to ensure a smooth election, Terengganu deputy police chief Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman said today.

He said the police officers would be stationed in Wakaf Mempelam, Ladang, Bandar and Batu Burok, which are the four state constituencies in the Kuala Terengganu parliamentary seat.

“The police are ready to maintain public order and their safety during the Kuala Terengganu by-election,” he told reporters.

He said the police officers would be on duty to prevent any untoward incident, including on nomination day which is on 6 Jan, as well as during the campaign period and on polling day on 17 Jan.

In a related development, Jalaluddin said police had issued a permit for PAS to hold a gathering at the State Stadium tonight where the party would announce its by-election candidate. — Bernama


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