Is There A Dress Code For GE15 Election Voters?!

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Is there a dress code for voters during GE15 – the 15th Malaysia General Election?!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : GE15 Voters Must Follow Office Dress Code To Vote!

People are sharing messages claiming that voters must follow a specific dress code to vote during GE15 – the 15th Malaysia General Election!

Please viral to all the youngsters, male and female, Malays, Chinese, Indians, Sikhs, Ibans, Kadazans Dan Lain lain, Please DON’T wear short pants, Shorts, slippers while going to polling centre to vote. Those with shorts n slippers SPR doesn’t allow to vote.
请向所有青少年,男性和女性,马来人,华人,印度人,基督徒,锡克教徒,印度穆斯林和其他人,前往投票中心投票时请不要穿短裤 & 拖鞋。SPR 是不允许投票。

This typical Govt poster on DRESS CODE MIGHT SUDDENLY APPEAR AT THE GATE OF YOUR POLLING STATION TO CATCH YOU UNAWARE !! … SO BE ALERTED !! SHARE !!

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Is There A Dress Code For GE15 Election Voters?!

 

Truth : No Need To Follow Office Dress Code To Vote In GE15!

These are just more examples of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Voters Only Need To Be Appropriately Dressed

The fake news falsely claimed that people cannot wear short pants or slippers to vote at the 15th general election in Malaysia.

According to Section 26(1)(g) of the Election Offences Act of 1954 (Act 5), voters can wear anything they want as long as their clothes do not have :

  • the name of any electoral candidate
  • the symbol of any political party

In other words, if you prefer to wear shorts and slippers, go on right ahead. Or if you prefer to dress up, more power to you!

This is not just about comfort. The 15th General Elections will be carried out during the monsoon season, and voters may have to endure pouring rain, making it impractical to wear formal wear.

Fact #2 : Dress Code Photo Only For Government Offices

The photos that people keep sharing (below is just one example) are of the dress code for government offices in Malaysia. You only need to abide by that dress code if you wish to enter a government office.

That government office dress code does NOT apply to the polling centres for the 15th General Election. You do NOT have to follow this dress code to vote in GE15!

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Is There A Dress Code For GE15 Election Voters?!

Fact #3 : SPR Refuted Dress Code Claims

The Malaysia Election Commission (SPR) also issued a statement refuting that office dress code claim, as well as the infographic below.

The SPR also stated clearly that the government office dress code does NOT apply in any election polling station.

Voters do not have to dress according to government office attire at polling stations. The EC has not and will not prevent a voter from entering a polling station as long as the voter is appropriately dressed.

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