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Malaysia's GE13 must be held latest by May 28, says EC chief

Published on Apr 4, 2013 10:15 AM
 
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announces the dissolution of Parliament as he addresses the nation during a live telecast from the Prime Minister's Department office in Putrajaya on April 3, 2013. The 13th general election must be held at the latest by May 28 following the dissolution of Parliament on Wednesday, said Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof. -- PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR - The 13th general election must be held at the latest by May 28 following the dissolution of Parliament on Wednesday, said Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof.

He said the date should take into consideration the automatic dissolution of the Negri Sembilan state assembly on March 28, Bernama reported.

"If we were to start counting from April 3, it (60-day period) will end on June 3 but it will miss the Negri Sembilan deadline of May 28," Mr Abdul Aziz said.

He was speaking on a TV3 programme "Soal Jawab" on Wednesday night.

Asked on the possible dates for the nomination day and polling day, Mr Abdul Aziz said: "There are some possible dates but it is not appropriate for me to mention them here as I need to discuss with the other (EC) panel members."

He said several factors needed to be considered including religious festivals, weather condition and the holding of major events in choosing the polling date.

"The school holidays are not our consideration. When the EC panel members meet, they will all present their views and will make a unanimous decision."

He dismissed the perception of certain quarters that GE13 would be the worst general election in the nation's history, claiming cheating by EC and the contesting political parties.

"I don't believe at all that the 13GE will be the worst. If all quarters including the political parties, party candidates, independents, observers and non-governmental organisations give their co-operation to EC, I believe the 13GE will go on smoothly, peacefully and properly," he said.

Mr Abdul Aziz also noted that the EC had introduced 19 new measures for the election process this time including early voting, use of indelible ink and continuous cleaning up of the electoral roll.

"The EC is just providing the required premises, polling stations and facilities for the voting process. Determining who wins or loses in the elections are the voters," he said.

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