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DAP: Weekday polling will cut voter turnout

Lim also said that the 11 days of official campaigning were too short. ― Picture by Sayuti Zainudin
Lim also said that the 11 days of official campaigning were too short. ― Picture by Sayuti Zainudin

GEORGE TOWN, April 10 — DAP has criticised the Election Commission (EC) for holding the general election on Wednesday, May 9, saying the move will harm voter participation in the poll.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said setting polling to take place in the middle of a workweek also made it “almost impossible” for out-of-state voters to travel home and cast their ballots.

“We are disappointed that polling day was not set on a weekend,” he said.

Lim openly wondering if May 9 will be made a national holiday, but quickly conceded that it would be beyond a caretaker government’s authority to declare one.

The polling date will also make it harder for federal Opposition parties to convince voters to go home and vote, he said, before complaining that the 11 days of official campaigning were too short.

Lim said all that could be done now was to exhort voters to make the effort to travel to their respective constituencies to vote.

The EC announced today that polling for the 14th general election will take place on May 9 while nomination will be held on April 29.

This is not the first time that polling will be held on a weekday.

The first-ever Malaysian general election in 1959 took place on August 19, also a Wednesday.

Election 1982 was conducted on a Monday, while Election 1995 was held on a Tuesday. In the 1999 general election, polling was done on a Monday.

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