GE15: Negri cops open five IPs on election offences

SEREMBAN: Police have received 12 reports of election offences in Negri Sembilan in the first six days of campaigning, says Deputy Comm Ahmad Dzaffir Mohd Yussof.

The state police chief said five investigation papers have since been opened to probe reports related to the tearing, pulling down and removing of posters, banners and party flags.

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“The cases were reported in Jempol, Kuala Pilah, Rembau and Seremban.

“We are now looking for the suspects,” he said in a statement Friday (Nov 11).

He added that the cases were being probed under Sections 379 of the Penal Code for theft and 427 for committing mischief.

Those found guilty of theft can be jailed up to seven years or fined or both; while those convicted of mischief face between one and five years imprisonment or a fine, or both.

“We appeal to those with information to come forward and assist the police in our probe,” he said.

Separately, DCP Ahmad Dzaffir said 353 ceramah were held in the first six days of campaigning.

He also appealed to those planning to hold ceramah to apply for a permit at the earliest possible date.

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“This is to allow us to plan and ensure there are no similar activities being held nearby.

“This is also to ensure that the programme does not obstruct traffic or disturb the peace in the area,” he said.

He said failure to obtain a police permit was an offence under Section 24B of the Election Offences Act 1954, which carries a jail term of up to one year or a fine of up to RM3,000, or both, upon conviction.

DCP Ahmad Dzaffir also advised the people, especially political parties, to ensure they followed all election-related rules when campaigning.

“We will take stern action against anyone who tries to cause unrest or public disorder,” he added.