MBKS: Displaying political flags, banners prior to campaign period is illegal

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KUCHING, Nov 29: Displaying political flags and banners before the campaigning period in the city is illegal.

According to Kuching South City Council (MBKS) in a statement today, the Council has observed that political parties have started putting up political flags within the city area.

Such displays are regarded as campaign materials and considered illegal.

“The act of putting up political flags and banners is only allowed during the campaigning period as announced by the Election Commission (EC). That comes after the nomination process, which falls on December 6,” it said.

MBKS pointed out that the parties concerned must obtain a permit from the Council to exhibit any campaign material as stipulated under the City of Kuching South (Election Advertisement) By-Laws 1990 and pay the campaign deposit to the State Elections director.

“There are certain conditions and locations as to where flags and banners can be put up.

“They are not to be put up at locations which may block motorists’ view such as blocking traffic lights and directional boards or pose any danger to the public or damage public property.

“All parties are advised to abide by the law and to remove these materials immediately,” the statement read. — DayakDaily