PUTRAJAYA — April 10, 2018: The waiting is now over and Malaysians will go to the polls on May 9.
Nominations will be on April 28, followed by early voting on May 5 for 300,255 people comprising military personnel and their spouses, police personnel and 3,653 absentee voters who are overseas.
With the announcement today, GE14 will have a campaign period of 11 days. The polling day is about a week before Muslims begin their month-long Ramadan.
When announcing the dates, Election Commission Chairman Tan Sri Mohd. Hashim Abdullah said the EC will use the electoral rolls as of the fourth quarter of 2017 containing 14,940,624 electors.
According to Bernama, the EC has invited 14 countries to send observers comprising representatives of election management bodies from Asean, Commonwealth, Asian and European countries as well as a study and support centre for the Malaysian Commonwealth Studies Centre based in Cambridge. It has also appointed representatives of 14 NGOs and universities as local observers.
The observers will be allowed to conduct their observations in the nomination centres, early voting centres, polling centres, vote-counting centres and vote-tallying centres.
There will be 8,989 polling centres which would have 28,995 streams. Also appointed are 222 returning officers.
When Parliament was dissolved last Saturday, the Dewan Rakyat had 132 representatives from Barisan Nasional, 36 from DAP, 28 from PKR, 13 from PAS, seven from Parti Amanah Negara, two from Parti Warisan Sabah, one each from Parti Sosialis Malaysia and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and two Independents.
The number of seats in GE14 remains at 222 for parliament and 505 for state constituencies.
The GE14 electoral rolls will be sold from April 16. Electors can check for their polling centres at the EC website at www.spr.gov.my or through the MySPR Semak application or by calling 03-88927018 or sending an SMS to 15888.