MELAKA: Voting process in the Melaka state election was smooth with voters strictly complying with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) under the new normal to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Checks by Bernama found Election Commission (EC) chairman Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh visited two polling centres to ensure smooth flow of the voting process, as well as SOP compliance among the voters.
He spent about 20 minutes at the polling centre at Sekolah Kebangsaan Tun Syed Ahmad Shahabudin Ayer Keroh, after arriving there at 10.15am, also took the opportunity to visit the special polling tents provided for voters with symptoms or body temperature exceeding 37.5 degrees Celsius.
He also went to the polling station at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Bukit Katil and was satisfied with the procedures that overseen by EC officials, especially to prevent congestion at the polling stations.
There were no untoward incidents reported at both polling centres.
The voters were reminded to observe physical distancing, wear facemasks, use hand sanitisers, take body temperature and record their attendance by scanning the MySejahtera QR code before entering the polling centres.
Voting started at 8am with the opening of 217 polling centres involving 1,109 channels.
The process, involving 476,037 normal voters out of a total of 495,195 registered voters, was managed by 12,290 election officials in 28 state constituencies. The polling stations closed at 5.30pm. – Bernama