Malaysia goes to polls on May 9

Malaysia goes to polls on May 9

Malaysia goes to polls on May 9

Last Saturday, Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, announced in a message to the nation, the parliament (bicameral) will be dissolved this same day to pave the way for the general elections.

Najib, 64, is in quest of a third time interval in office and beneath pressure to boost his Nationwide Entrance coalition's effectivity after assist eroded inside the closing two elections.

Early voting for military and police personnel as well as voters living overseas will take place on May 5.

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Mahathir, who now leads a four-party opposition alliance, said the weekday vote was undemocratic because urban voters and about half a million Malaysians working in Singapore would find it hard to return to their hometowns to vote.

The reform group has also condemned the commission's decision to hold the polling day on a weekday over fears of a poor voter turnout. National polls in 1995 and 1999 under Mahathir were held on Mondays.

"The EC has held a meeting and established that polls must be held within 60 days of the date of dissolution", EC chairman Hashim Abdullah told reporters, before adding that the election would take place on 9 May.

Some 14.9 million registered voters are expected to cast their ballots which will see the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional pitted against the Pakatan Harapan opposition alliance and the Parti Islam SeMalaysia. He came out of retirement and turned on his former protege Najib over the 1MDB scandal.

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