Should you wear a face mask and dress properly to vote in the 2023 State and Parliamentary elections for Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu, Penang, Selangor and Negeri Sembilan?!
Take a look at the viral claims and find out what the facts really are!
Allegation : 2023 Election Voters Face Mask + Office Uniform Mandatory!
People are sharing messages claiming that voters must wear face masks and follow a certain dress code in the 2023 State and Parliament elections for Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu, Penang, Selangor and Negeri Sembilan!
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Real : Face Masks or Office Uniforms Are Not Mandatory to Vote in the 2023 Elections!
These are just more examples FAKE NEWS It’s circulating on WhatsApp and here’s why…
Fact 1: Voters Only Need to Dress Appropriately
fake news mistakenly He claimed that in the 2023 elections in Malaysia, people would not be able to wear short pants or slippers.
According to Section 26(1)(g) of the Electoral Offenses Act 1954 (Law 5), voters can wear whatever they want as long as they don’t:
- the name of any election candidate
- symbol of any political party
So if you prefer to wear shorts and slippers, just go ahead. Or if you prefer to dress up, more power to you!
It’s not just about comfort. Rain is expected in the 2023 election on August 12, 2023, and it may be impractical for voters to wear formal attire.
Fact 2: Dress Code Photo is For Government Offices Only
The photos that people keep sharing (below is just one example) belong to the dress code of government offices in Malaysia. If you want to enter a government office, you only need to follow this dress code.
This is the government office dress code NEGATIVE Apply to polling stations for the 2023 State and Parliamentary elections in Malaysia. You DO NOT HAVE to follow this dress code to vote in Malaysia!
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Fact 3: Mask Not Mandatory to Vote
While it is highly recommended to wear a face mask, you will not be turned down from voting if you do not have a face mask.
The World Health Organization announced on May 1, 2023 that COVID-19 is no longer a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Following this, Malaysia relaxed its COVID-19 guidelines on 5 July:
- Wearing masks in public transport and hospitals is no longer mandatory.
- Only people who are positive for COVID-19 and healthcare workers who adhere to infection control practices in healthcare facilities are required to wear a face mask.
- The quarantine for COVID-19 positive cases has also been reduced from seven days to just five days from the onset of the first symptoms.
On 11 August 2023, the Malaysian Election Commission (SPR) also released a detailed statement outlining the electoral process. No mention was made of the need for face masks to vote.
In fact, even in the 15th General Elections of November 2022, face masks are NOT needed!
At that time, wearing a face mask was mandatory only for COVID-19 positive voters! The SPR strongly encouraged voting to only wear one, but it was NOT a requirement.
Fact 4: SPR Denied Dress Code Claims
During the previous 15th General Elections, the Election Commission of Malaysia (SPR) issued a statement rebutting this allegation of office dress code and the infographic below.
SPR also made it clear that the government office dress code DOES NOT apply at any polling station.
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