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Prohibition in Btg Ai on non-contesting parties

LUBOK ANTU, 29 March 2009: Police will tighten the enforcement of election regulations in the Batang Ai state seat which prohibits parties not contesting in the by-election from putting up flags or posters during the campaigning period.

Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Mohmad Salleh told reporters here, only campaign paraphernalia such as flags, placards, banners and such from Barisan

Nasional (BN) and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) were allowed to be displayed.

“The matter has already been stressed on by the Election Commission (EC) and we will make sure that all parties abide by it,” he said when commenting on claims that several PAS flags were seized from opposition supporters at the nomination centre here this morning.

BN candidate Malcolm Mussen Lamoh faces former Lubok Antu Member of Parliament (MP), Jawah Gerang, who is representing PKR.

The 7 April by-election is being held following the death of incumbent assemblyperson Datuk Dublin Unting Ingkot from the BN.

Other than the flag incident, Mohmad said the nomination process went well.

“We are grateful for the cooperation from BN and PKR throughout the nomination process, because without it, it would be difficult for the police to do their job,” he said. — Bernama


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