The Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin has announced that any activities, gatherings or social gatherings related to the Melaka elections will be prohibited starting 25 October to 24 November.
In a statement, Khairy said this is to prevent the spike in Covid-19 cases and the emergence of more Covid-19 clusters.
“The ministry predicts many assemblies and social gatherings related to the election will be held and involve many individuals engaged in mass gatherings nationwide.”
“Any social events that are held without compliance with SOPs, including physical distancing, which is hard to observe, will raise the risk of spreading Covid-19.” he said.
Meanwhile, Khairy said the risk of Covid-19 transmission remained high, especially with the presence of the Delta variant, and that these activities will increase the prevalence of the virus in the community.
The Melaka state election is set to take place on 20 November, with the nomination day set for 8 November and the early voting date on 18 November.
The election campaign period is for 12 days starting from the nomination day.
He said the ban was made based on the provisions under subregulation 10(1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2021 (“Movement Control Regulations”).
“In relation to this, to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19 and spike in cases, any activity, gathering or social events related to elections are prohibited.”
“This includes the launching of party machinery. The prohibition will take effect from 25 October until 27 November.” he said.
On 4 October, the Melaka state assembly was dissolved following the 4 assemblymen who withdrew their support for the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali.
Meanwhile, many had expressed their concern that the election will led to another Covid-19 crisis in the country similar to that of the Sabah election in 2020.
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