Malaysia, 15th general election (GE15), voting, elections, COVID-19, protocols

It is mandatory for voters to wear a face mask at all times except during identification.

Malaysia's Ministry of Health has released the guidelines for electors voting in the 15th general election (GE15) but have tested positive for COVID-19. 

Before voting day

  • Complete the health form that will be sent via SMS to emphasise the role of electors who have tested positive for COVID-19 when voting.

  • Candidates and other party colleagues who have tested positive for COVID-19 are not allowed to partake in physical election campaign activities. However, they can run a virtual campaign during the Home Surveillance Order (HSO).

On voting day

  • Voters who have tested positive are not allowed to take public transport (including e-hailing) to go to the polling station.
  • Voters who have tested positive are required to wear a face mask and must regularly sanitise their hands.
    • It is mandatory to wear a face mask at all times except during identification, which requires voters to remove their face mask when at the polling station.
  • Voters who have tested positive are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitiser and pen.

When at the polling station, COVID-19 positive voters are to report the status of their COVID-19 infection to the Ministry of Health (KKM) staff stationed at the entrance of the polling station. KKM staff will then proceed to check the risk status on the voter's MySejahtera profile. These voters will be escorted by KKM staff to the entrance of polling booth and given priority to avoid interaction with other voters.

Safe distancing practices must be upheld, especially when dealing with staff when the face mask is open.

  • Voters who have tested positive are to sanitise their hands before dipping fingers into election ink. They are to then let the election ink dry on the finger.
  • Voters who have tested positive are to place their mobile phones in the place directed by the election officer and sanitise their hands before casting the vote.
  • KKM officials will regularly monitor these voters.

After voting

  • Voters are to collect their mobile phones.
  • They are to immediately leave the polling station after voting and resume their HSO at their respective residences.

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