Election Commission staff taking part in a rehearsal ahead of the Sandakan by-election at Dewan Masyarakat Sandakan. - NSTP/KHAIRULL AZRY BIDIN.

SANDAKAN: Police have received five reports on election offences since the start of the Sandakan by-election campaign on Saturday.

District police chief Assistant Commissioner Mohd Azhar Hamin said two investigation papers have been opened under Section 23B (3) of the Election Offences Act 1954 and Section 427 of the Penal Code for campaigning without permit and mischief.

Three other reports, he said, had been referred to the magistrate's court for further action.

"Until today, we have issued 65 permits for 'ceramah' or talks," he said in a statement here today.

Azhar also reminded all candidates to observe the law and election regulations when conducting their respective campaign activities.

He said candidates should pay attention to issues related to gifting, feasting, use of government facility, assets, as well as political campaign that touches on race and religion.

"Apart from that, a candidate is only allowed to hold 'ceramah' after getting the approval from the police.

"They are not allowed to wear or use logos of political parties which are not contesting. They are also not allowed to campaign outside of the Sandakan parliament area." he added.