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Game on

Campaign for the sixth Legislative Election begins

The 14-day campaign for the sixth Legislative Election kicked-off on Saturday at midnight, bringing together a total of 24 groups of candidates to dispute 14 seats available in the local Legislative Assembly (AL).
According to local broadcaster TDM Radio News, thousands gathered at Tap Seac Square on Saturday night, with some of the participants already putting up posters before the clock hit midnight.
Many also waved flags and LED cards to show support for their groups, while candidates put up their candidacy posters on the official board located in the Square.
Electoral Commission Chairman and judge of the Court of Second Instance, Tong Hio Fong, spoke last Friday afternoon, after the opening ceremony for the legislative election campaign, stating that the commission hopes this year’s election will be a fair competition among the candidates.
This year’s election will allow 23 spots in different parts of the city for promotional purposes, and 19 spots for rallies.
Speaking to the press on Friday, the head of the Commission Against Corruption, Cheong Weng Chon, said that CCAC had received 85 declarations from legal persons regarding the holding of promotional events involving welfare distribution during the September 2 to 16 period. Some 172 participation declarations were also made, related to promotional events allegedly held by candidates.
Cheong stressed that participation in promotional events should not be related to the election, saying that promoting the election when participating in events during the campaigning period would also be considered as bribery, despite declarations being made.
The authorities reported that a total of 84 complaints had been recieved up until last Friday, while CCAC had received 37 complaints, adding up to a total of 121 complaints received. The complaints lodged were mainly related to suspected bribery behaviour and illegal campaigning.
The commission also advised candidates to try to reduce the inconvenience to residents during the campaign period, in particular the volume level of promotional vehicles.
The sixth edition of the Legislative Assembly will consist of 33 legislators, of whom 14 are to be elected directly, 12 are to be elected indirectly and to represent functional constituencies, and seven are to be appointed by the Chief Executive.
The Election will take place on September 17.