KUALA TERENGGANU (The Star): All parties contesting in the Kuala Terengganu Parliamentary by-election have been reminded not to campaign during the cooling off period between 12 midnight and 5pm Saturday. Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Yusof said the cooling off period was necessary to allow the voters to have a clear mind during the voting process.
”In the last 11 days, they have been bombarded with all kinds of things, statements and claims. Let them think about what they have heard so that they can make a clear choice. ”There should be no pressure, no disturbance during this period,” he said at a press conference on Friday. He also urged all parties to cooperate fully with the commissions and its officials to ensure a smooth polling.
”Let this by-election set a new record. We have had a very smooth nomination. Although there were easily 40,000 supporters from both sides, everything went well without any untoward incident.
”The campaign process was also very peaceful. If we can get 90% voters turnout, then it will be another record,” he said. The constituency has 80,229 registered voters, including 1,302 postal voters. Voters turnout in the last general election was 42.45%. Earlier, Aziz together with his deputy Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar and other SPR officers were at Stadium Negeri to oversee the distribution of ballot papers to the heads of polling stations. There are 36 polling stations and 143 polling streams for the by-election. Polling will start from 8am until 5pm.
The by-election is being held following the death of Kuala Terengganu member of Parliament Datuk Razali Ismail on Nov 28.