Sabah begins early polling

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The members of the Royal Malaysian Navy (TLDM) queuing up to cast their votes in conjunction with the early polling day of the 16th Sabah State Election at Sekolah Kebangsaan Pangkalan TLDM, Sepanggar, Sabah. PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 22 SEPTEMBER 2020.
The members of the Royal Malaysian Navy (TLDM) queuing up to cast their votes in conjunction with the early polling day of the 16th Sabah State Election at Sekolah Kebangsaan Pangkalan TLDM, Sepanggar, Sabah. PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 22 SEPTEMBER 2020.

By Shawaliah Hadir

SEPANGGAR – 16,877 voters will be casting their votes at the 55 polling centres in conjunction with the early polling day of the 16th Sabah State Election.

The amount encompasses of 7,487 military members and 9,390 police officers in the state.

The Election Commission of Malaysia (EC) said in a statement yesterday that the polling process emphasizes on the guidelines or standard operating procedures (SOP) for the prevention of Covid-19.

An observation by MalaysiaGazette at the Sekolah Kebangsaan Pangkalan Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia (TLDM) polling centre for the Karambunai State Assembly found that the strict controls were implemented from the main entrance.

Healthcare workers from the Ministry of Health (MOH) were also stationed there to monitor the implementation of SOP to curb the spread of Covid-19 at the polling centre.

The early voters will be casting their votes today from 8.00 am until 5.00 pm.

The EC will also broadcast the polling process live through their Facebook account.

The ballot papers from the early polling day will be kept and only counted on 26 September 2020 from 4.00 pm onwards.

Earlier, the EC had fixed 12 September as the candidate nomination day for the 16th Sabah State Election, following by early polling day on 22 September and the polling day on 26 September.

The Sabah State Legislative Assembly was dissolved following the political crisis in the state. –MalaysiaGazette

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