KUALA LUMPUR, April 10 — PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said today that setting the polling date of the 14th general election (GE14) on a weekday made no sense, especially to voters who are away from their constituencies.
She said voters would need time to travel back to cast their vote, and this would be even more troublesome for those living overseas.
“This shows the Election Commission (EC) did not take into consideration the additional 1,672,222 voters.
“The increase of voters means they would need more time,” she said in a statement.
Dr Wan Azizah also expressed regret that Pakatan Harapan’s demand for a campaigning period of at least 21 days was not granted.
Besides that, she urged the EC to reveal the actual number of postal voters based on out-of-state voters, civil servants and media representatives.
“I urge the EC to explain the mechanism to ensure the voting process does not involve any form of cheating and manipulation,” she said.
Earlier today, EC chairman Tan Sri Mohd Hashim Abdullah announced that nomination day would fall on April 28, advanced polling day on May 5, and polling day proper on May 9.
This is the first general election to be held on a Wednesday since 1959.