Nomination Day for Penanti By Election

The nomination day of the candidates for Penanti by-election was held at Institut Kemahiran Belia Negara in Penanti.
It is estimated, around 1500 supporters from the Pakatan Rakyat was here to raise support for their candidates.
The atmosphere was calm and ‘quite’ in and out of the hall.
The situation were different from the previous by-election (Permatang Pauh, Kuala Terengganu, Bukit Gantang and Bukit Selambau) There has been no chanting or shouting nor cheerleaders and there was no ‘war’ of flags for the candidates during the nomination process.
Police presents was seen less this time too. Only a few traffic police personnel was deployed at some junction of the road to handle the traffic. Roadblocks was not set up by the police in Penanti or the wider area of Permatang Pauh.
Only two units of police truck with 12 officers armed with tear gas rifle was deployed outside of the nomination hall.
NIEI would like to welcome this new progress as the police power was seen less in this election. This new progress will absolutely obtain a peaceful situation for the people who are ready to vote for free and fair election.
NIEI hope that in the future the government will not deploy a big numbers of police personnel to conduct a by-election because Malaysia is not a “war zone” country.
Amin Iskandar,
Executive Director
National Institute for Electoral Integrity