Melaka state election: Polling on Nov 20, nominations set for Nov 8

A general view of the Election Commission's headquarters in Putrajaya March 29, 2021. — Bernama pic
A general view of the Election Commission's headquarters in Putrajaya March 29, 2021. — Bernama pic

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MELAKA, Oct 18 — The Election Commission (EC) has set November 20 as polling day for the Melaka state election.

Nomination day is November 8 and early polling will be held on November 16.

This was announced by EC chairman Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh at a press conference after chairing a special EC meeting on the Melaka state election here today. — Bernama

The Melaka State Legislative Assembly has 28 seats.

Abdul Ghani said EC has appointed 28 returning officers and 80 assistant returning officers for the state election.

“For the purpose of monitoring campaign activities throughout the election campaign period, EC has set up 28 election task forces comprising representatives of the Royal Malaysia Police, local authorities and agents of candidates," he said.

He said the Supplementary Electoral Roll (RDPT) of Second Quarter 2021 (ST2/2021), which was updated as at October 3, 2021, will be used for the state election.

The electoral roll contains 495,196 voters, and EC is targeting a 70 per cent voter turnout for the state polls.

He said the roll comprises 482,550 regular voters, 10,191 military personnel and their spouses, 2,349 police personnel and 106 absent voters who are overseas.

Asked on the standard operating procedure (SOP) for the polls, Abdul Ghani said voters were encouraged to cast their ballots according to recommended time slots to prevent too many people from gathering at polling stations.

“We will issue the proposed times for voting through our system just like the MySejahtera application. Voters should avoid going out all together in the morning. If possible, let senior citizens vote in the morning and the younger people in the afternoon.

“We have strict SOP at polling centres; Conditions on vaccination, wearing of face masks, practising physical distancing and the like,” he added.

He said the guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19 would be based on the recommendations and advice of the National Security Council, Health Ministry and police.

The Melaka state assembly was dissolved on October 4 after four representatives withdrew their support for the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali.

The four former assemblymen are Datuk Seri Idris Haron (BN-Sungai Udang), Datuk Nor Azman Hassan (BN-Pantai Kundor), Datuk Norhizam Hassan Baktee (Independent-Pengkalan Batu) and Datuk Noor Effandi Ahmad (Bersatu-Telok Mas). — Bernama

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