MALAYSIANS will go to the polls on Nov 19, which falls on a Saturday, the Election Commission (EC) announced.
Nomination date is set for Nov 5 (Saturday), while early voting will take place on Nov 15 (Tuesday).
Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Mohd Hashim Abdullah announced the dates in a packed media briefing, which was also broadcast live, after chairing a special EC meeting for about two hours.
Elections for the Perlis, Perak and Pahang legislative assemblies and the Bugaya by-election will follow the above dates.
Abdul Ghani also announced that the state elections for Perlis, Perak and Pahang will be held concurrently with GE15.
The dates for nomination, early voting and polling at the three state elections will be the same as the general election.
Other states such as Melaka, Johor, Sabah and Sarawak will not be having state polls as they have just concluded theirs recently.
As for PAS-led Kelantan, Kedah and Terengganu and Pakatan Harapan-governed Selangor, Negri Sembilan and Penang, the state governments have chosen not to dissolve their legislative assemblies yet.
This comes following the dissolution of Parliament on Oct 10 after the consent was given by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.
Prior to this, the EC had opened applications for registration for domestic and international postal voting on Oct 10.
The form can be downloaded from the EC website at www.spr.gov.my while the office address and information of the Returning Officer is also available on the official portal.
Malaysians living abroad and agencies or organisations can apply online via www.myspr.spr.gov.my/login for postal voting.
Meanwhile, the Bugaya by-election in Semporna, Sabah, will also be held simultaneously with GE15 on Nov 19.
The seat fell vacant after its representative, Manis Muka Mohd Darah of Warisan, died of kidney disease on Nov 17, 2020.
Ghani said a total of 21,173,638 voters will be eligible to cast their ballots in the elections.
“The campaigning period is set for 14 days after all the candidates are revealed on Nov 5,” he said.
He said the closing date for early voting application is Oct 23 for Malaysians residing overseas, Oct 28 for agencies or organisations, and Nov 2 for the media, army, police force and election officials. – Oct 20, 2022