Thursday, October 21

SARAWAK STATE ELECTION: Polling on 7 May, Nomination on 25 April

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KUCHING: After much anticipation, the Election Commission (EC) announced that nomination, advanced voting and polling dates would be April 25, May 3 and May 7 respectively.

It was announced by EC chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah during a press conference after a special meeting to discuss the 11th state election held today (Apr 14) at Merdeka Palace.

Total voters as of April 10, 2016, stand at 1,138,650.

Of the number, 1,113,522 are ordinary voters; 25,022 advance voters for military, police and General Operations Force (GOF) personnel including their spouses and 106 postal voters.

He added that the date for advance voting has been set on May 3.

Closing date to apply for advance voting is on April 27, while closing date to register as overseas postal voters is on April 25.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem, on March 31, announced the dissolution of the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) on April 11 to pave way for the election.

Mohd Hashim mentioned that the letter of dissolution was received on April 1.

The Barisan Nasional (BN) retained its two-thirds majority in the 2011 state election, winning 55 of the 71 seats.

This time around, there will 82 seats up for grabs following the increase of 11 constituencies after the latest delineation exercise.

Polling: 7.5.16
Nomination: 25.4.16
Advance voting: 3.5.16
Total registered voters: 1,138,650
EC budget: RM135.6 million