Electoral Dispute Resolution

In the Election Offences Act 1954, electoral offences are described in Section 3-5, and corruption practices in Section 7-10. In case of committing the offence of personation and treating undue influence of bribery, the punishment will be imprisonment for a term of not exceeding two years and a fine of not less than one thousand ringgit and not more than five thousand ringgit. In other cases, the imprisonment is up to one year and to be fined not exceeding two thousand ringgit. For illegal practices, the convict shall be liable to a fine of five thousand ringgit and removal of voter registration status for five years.

The Election Commission may establish an enforcement team for monitoring and controlling the activities of the candidates during the campaign period until the expiration of the polling day. The functions (Section 27E) are to patrol and to monitor the activities of the candidates, to bring down any campaign materials which contravenes or does not comply with any written laws relating to elections, to stop any open public address or lecture which does not comply with any written laws relating to elections, and to control and coordinate the carrying out of any campaign activities specified in any written law relating to elections (Section 27B).

The Election Judge or the Judge of High Court nominated by the Chief Judge shall try the election petition (Section 33). The trial of every election petition shall be completed not later than six months from the date of the presentation of the election petition (Section 35A).


Election Offences Act 1954

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