the by-election for the parliamentary seat of Kuala Terengganu has been fixed for Jan 17, with its nomination day set to fall on Jan 6.

Election Commission acting chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar said commissioners chose the polling date bearing in mind heavy rains and the possibility of floods in the state due to the year-end monsoon during this time.

“This parliamentary seat is a large area with four zones. Team members would consist of police personnel with the rank above inspectors, local council officers and candidates’ agents,” he said.

Asked if the longer than usual period before polling could result in public security problems, Wan Ahmad said the police would be making preparations to mobilise personnel to Kuala Terengganu.

“We would like to remind political parties that they can only kick off their campaigning and they cannot put up their posters and buntings until after nomination is completed,” he said.

Wan Ahmad said all candidates in the last general election, including Maimum, were qualified to run as all of them had submitted their election return reports to the EC within the time period.

To another question if indelible will be used in the Kuala Terengganu by-election.

“We will not be using indelible ink because EC has made the decision on that prior recent general election,” said the Election Commission acting chairman.