Malaysian election body to set polling date next weekSouce:Xinhua Publish By Thomas Whittle Updated 06/04/2013 3:28 am in World / no comments
KUALA LUMPUR, April 5 — The polling date of Malaysian’s 13th general election will be decided next week, the election commission said Friday.
The election commission said in a statement that it will hold a special meeting on April 10 to decide the nomination and polling dates for the general election, widely seen as the least predictable since the country’s independence in 1957.
Two hundred and twenty-two parliament seats and 505 state legislation seats will be contested.
The election commission said it had already received official notification on the dissolution of the lower house of the parliament and state assemblies of Malaysia’s 12 of 13 states.
The only exception is the State of Sarawak, which reelected its state assembly in 2011.
The nomination day will mark the official beginning of the campaign period. The election commission has promised a campaign period of more than 11 days, as suggested by a parliament select commission on electoral reform.
Prime Minister Najib Razak, announcing the dissolution of parliament on Wednesday, is eyeing to retake the two-third majority in parliament that the ruling coalition lost in 2008 for the first time in more than three decades.