The Election Commission (EC) has set the polling day for the Melaka state election to be on 20 November, while the nomination day is on 8 November, and the early polling will be held on 16 November.
According to Bernama, the EC chairman, Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh had announced this in a press conference after chairing the Melaka state election yesterday (18 October).
The Melaka State Legislative Assembly has 28 seats and the EC has appointed 28 returning officers, as well as 80 assistant returning officers for the upcomingstate 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 added that the Supplementary Electoral Roll (RDPT) of Second Quarter 2021 (ST2/2021), which was updated as at 3 October, will be used for the state election.
According to their data, it is said that there is a total of 495,196 voters, and EC is targeting a 70% voter turnout rate for the state polls.
Abdul Ghani 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.
When being asked about the SOPs for the polls, he said that voters are encouraged to follow the time slots that had been assigned to them to prevent overcrowding at the 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. The conditions include completing two doses of vaccination, wearing of face masks and physical distancing. Therefore, we urge all voters to get themselves vaccinated… there is still time.” he added.
He also mention that these guidelines are based on the recommendations and advice of the National Security Council, Health Ministry and police.
On 4 October, the Melaka state assembly was dissolved following the 4 assemblymen who withdrew their support for the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali.
The 4 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).
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