KUALA BESUT: MINISTRY TO DISCUSS WITH EC TO ALLOW RTM CAMERAS IN VOTE COUNTING ROOM

12 Jul 2013 11:19

KUALA LUMPUR, July 4 (Bernama) -- The Communication and Multimedia Ministry will discuss with the Election Commission (EC) soon to allow RTM to give ample coverage of the Kuala Besut by-election including placing its cameras in the vote counting room.

"Before that, I will discuss with the technical side on its present capacity. People know that the counting of ballot papers starts at 5pm. Even if there is a 'blackout', they will be able to view it live," he said after opening a media seminar on the 13th General Election, here, today.

The Kuala Besut state seat in Terengganu is now vacant following the death of its incumbent assemblyman Dr A. Rahman Mokhtar from lung cancer on June 26.

The polling date is expected to be announced tomorrow after the EC holds a special meeting on the matter at its headquarters in Putrajaya.

Asked whether the other media would be allowed to do the same, Ahmad Shabery said it might not be practical and would disturb EC's work there on that day.

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Meanwhile, Ahmad Shabery who is also Kemaman member of parliament, was confident that Barisan Nasional would retain the Kuala Besut state seat.

"Our election machinery is ready and the people are in good mood. So, I feel there is no reason for the people not to be on the government's side," he said.

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