PUTRAJAYA, April 6 – Parliament is to be dissolved tomorrow to pave the way for the 14th General Election, which is most likely to be held at the end of this month or in early May. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced the dissolution at the Prime Minister’s Office at the Perdana Putra Building here today, in a departure from the norm where the announcement and dissolution take place on the same day.
“I wish to inform all Malaysians that I have had an audience with the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V, and sought the consent of His Majesty to have the 13th Parliament dissolved on Saturday, April 7, 2018,” he said in his special address on the dissolution of the 13th Parliament.
The announcement on the dissolution of Parliament was broadcast live at noon over television and the Prime Minister’s official Facebook account. With Najib at the announcement were Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Cabinet ministers.
A total of 14.9 million registered electors are eligible to vote in this general election based on the electoral rolls as at the fourth quarter of 2017. The Election Commission will determine the dates for nomination and polling. Political observers predict that the election will be held at the end of this month or early next month before Muslims begin the Ramadan fast in the middle of May. — Bernama