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EC: Covid-19 Positive Patients Allowed To Vote in Johor Polls

Johor voters who have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus will still be allowed to vote in tomorrow’s state polls.

In a statement today, the Election Commission (EC) clarified that these voters will be allowed to vote in special tents.

“Symptomatic voters will still be allowed to vote in special tents monitored by health officials. Voters will be managed by a health officer for examination and further action.”

“Meanwhile, voters with the Patient Under Investigation (PUI) and Person Under Surveillance (PUS) status who wish to vote must apply for permission from a district health officer and the District Health Office – who oversee the Surveillance and Observation Order – to go out temporarily to the polling centre.”

“This permission is subject to infection risk assessment by the district health officer and voters must comply with all guidelines set by the Health Ministry,” said the EC.

A total of 1,021 polling centres and 4,638 channels will be opened tomorrow for voting purposes – with 49,290 officers on duty for the voting process tomorrow.

They are expecting 2,539,606 voters to cast their ballots tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry said 30,787 new daily Covid-19 cases were reported on Thursday, with 2,220 cases reported in Johor.

The campaigning period has seen a high number of Covid-19 infections, which has affected electoral candidates, party members and even members of the media on duty.

Electoral candidates who were reported to have been tested positive for Covid-19 are Pakatan Harapan’s Jementah candidate Ng Kor Sim; Pekan Nanas candidate Yeo Tung Siong (Harapan); Bukit Batu candidate Chiong Sen Sern (Harapan); Skudai candidate Marina Ibrahim (Harapan) and Gambir candidate Naim Jusri (Harapan).

Campaigning for the Johor polls kicked off on Feb 26 – with the official campaign period ending tonight at 11.59pm, 11 March 2022. Johoreans will go to the polls tomorrow (March 12).



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