SHAH ALAM: At least 32 officers and cops will be on duty at each polling station during the Sungai Kandis by-election tomorrow.
Shah Alam OCPD, Assistant Commissioner Baharuddin Mat Taib said these personnel comprise policemen, traffic police and Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers.
“We have enough manpower for the by-election tomorrow. We have the MySecurity Package (made up of officers from the police, traffic police and CID).
“At least 1,200 police personnel will be deployed tomorrow. The officers and police personnel will be on duty at each polling centres.
“We are fully prepared for the polling day. Safety (of the public) is of our utmost priority. We will even conduct a dry run today for the by-election tomorrow,” he told reporters when met at Seksyen 19 here today.
Baharuddin said the officers and personnel are tasked to ensure public’s safety at all the polling centres, as well as to monitor traffic and escort the ballot boxes to the voting centre.
“Officers from the CID will be on the lookout for any elements of criminal act. We also have officers from the Special Branch to channel informations pertaining safety to prevent any untoward incidents that could threaten the voting process.
“Apart from that, we will be receiving enforcement from Bukit Aman (federal police headquarters) and police Air Wing Unit (PGU). Drones will be used to monitor the situation throughout the day.
“Traffic flow will be controlled throughout the voting time from 9am to 5.30pm.”
Baharuddin advised supporters of the candidates contesting in the by-election to act in accordance with the laws and to refrain from causing chaos, especially at the voting centres.
He also advised voters to not share their identification card with anyone and expect for the Election Commission officers on polling day.
“Leave early to vote and park your vehicles at the designated areas. Do not instigate anyone and the public are prohibited from flying drones at the polling stations,” he added.
The Sungai Kandis by-election on Aug 4 will see a three-cornered fight between PKR, BN and independent candidate, K. Murthy.
The by-election is necessitated by the death of PKR assemblyman Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei from lymphoma on July 2.
In the 14th general election in May, Mat Shuhaimi retained the seat (formerly known as Sri Muda) for the third term by polling 23,998 votes to beat Datuk Kamaruzzaman Johari of BN (11,518 votes), Mohd Yusof Abdullah of Pas (7,573) and Hanafiah Husin of Parti Rakyat Malaysia (76). Mat Shuhaimi secured a majority of 12,480 votes.