EC lists out main ex­pen­di­tures

> Amount also cov­ers lo­gis­tics and costs for 250,000 tem­po­rary work­ers

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

PUTRAJAYA: An es­ti­mated RM400 mil­lion is needed to con­duct the 14th gen­eral elec­tion (GE14), ac­cord­ing to the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion (EC).

Its chair­man Tan Sri Mohd Hashim Ab­dul­lah said ex­pen­di­tures in­cluded venue rental costs, pro­cure­ment of equip­ment and pay­ment of al­lowances.

“All nom­i­na­tion, polling and count­ing cen­tres have been iden­ti­fied and are ready to op­er­ate,” he said, adding that 250,000 tem­po­rary work­ers were needed to en­sure smooth run­ning of GE14.

He said trans­port re­quire­ments, in­clud­ing he­li­copters, had also been iden­ti­fied, with all lo­gis­tics prepa­ra­tions in good or­der.

The EC ex­pects 100,000 rep­re­sen­ta­tives or agents of con­test­ing par­ties to act as ob­servers through­out GE14, ex­clud­ing ob­servers out­side polling cen­tres, Ber­nama re­ported.

“The com­mis­sion would like to re­mind can­di­dates that they must have their rep­re­sen­ta­tives or agents around through­out the elec­tion process.

“We will read out the names of th­ese ob­servers to as­sure the public of trans­parency and fair­ness. There­fore, po­lit­i­cal par­ties should not worry about trans­parency of the elec­toral process.”

He said the EC was also wait­ing for a re­sponse from in­ter­na­tional ob­servers, in­clud­ing from Com­mon­wealth and Asean coun­tries, who have been invited for GE14.

The EC has also ap­pointed lo­cal ob­servers from non-par­ti­san non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions and univer­sity rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

On his own prepa­ra­tion in lead­ing the EC for the first time in a gen­eral elec­tion, Mohd Hashim said it was a chal­lenge. “I am deal­ing with var­i­ous emo­tions, but I am op­ti­mistic that I can do what is best as I am also as­sisted by the EC work­force, sec­re­tariat of­fi­cials and com­mit­ted and ex­pe­ri­enced of­fi­cers.”

De­scrib­ing the prior seven by-elec­tions and the 11th Sarawak state elec­tion as “train­ing grounds”, he said he would ap­ply such valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence in GE14.

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