Malaysian General Election 2018
Polling Day: 9 May 2018
KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia will hold its 14th general election on May 9, the country’s Election Commission (EC) said.
Nomination day for candidates will be on April 28, after which parties can begin campaigning, the EC announced on Tuesday (April 10).
“The campaign period will last 11 days,” said EC chairman Mohd Hashim Abdullah.
Eleven days is the minimum campaigning period required by law.
May 9 falls on a Wednesday. This marks the first time Malaysia is holding its polls on a weekday in almost 20 years. The last time the country held polls on a weekday was in 1999.
According to Tan Sri Hashim, the EC will be using the electoral roll updated to the fourth quarter of 2017, which has 14.9 million registered voters. In the last election in 2013, Malaysia had 13.3 million registered voters, and an 85 per cent turnout at the polls.
Early voting will be held on Saturday, May 5 for over 300,000 registered early voters largely comprising army personnel, policemen and their spouses.
The upcoming polls, expected to be a closely fought one, will see ruling coalition Barisan Nasional (BN) pitted against Pakatan Harapan (PH) and Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) in multiple three-cornered fights nationwide.
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