Datuk Mohamed Elias Abu Bakar (two, right)
PONTIAN, Oct 7 -- The Election Commission (EC) will be prepared to face any eventuality during the Tanjung Piai by-election, including dealing with disasters such as floods.
EC secretary Datuk Mohamed Elias Abu Bakar noted that Pontian district officer Zulkifly Mohd Tahir, who is also the Tanjung Piai by-election returning officer, held a meeting this morning with various agencies to look into several matters including the weather.
"Apart from providing the voting facilities on polling day, we also take into account any untoward situation and inclement weather.
"They (agencies involved) are planning cooperation (between agencies) which monitor floods, safety and others. Flood is already under the radar of EC's observation," he said after visiting SJK (C) Pei Chiao, near Kukup, today.
According to him, his department is aware that November is a rainy season in the state.
The school is one of the 28 polling centres which involved 27 schools for by-election and a multipurpose hall at Pontian district police headquarters (for early polling).
Meanwhile, Mohamed Elias also assured that the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examination would not be disrupted following the by-election.
He noted that from the 27 schools, only three of them are the secondary schools, namely Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Dato Yunos Sulaiman, SMK Pekan Nenas and SMK Sri Kukup.
In addition, he said no examination would be conducted on any of the selected dates, namely on the nomination day on Nov 2 and polling day on Nov 16.
He said the needs and comfort of the disabled voters would also be given due attention by improving facilities at polling centres.
There are 977 disabled voters out of the more than 52,000 voters in the Tanjung Piai by-election.