KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 11 – The federal government today has declared May 9 polling day as a nationwide public holiday to enable Malaysians to travelling to exercise their right to vote in the 14th General Election (GE14).
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said the public holiday declaration is in accordance with Section 8 of the Holidays Act 1951 for Peninsular Malaysia and the Federal Territory of Labuan.
“As for Sabah and Sarawak, the respective state governments have to declare the additional public holiday on the (polling) date in accordance to their Public Holiday Ordinance respectively,” PMO said.
This came following the Election Commission’s (EC) announcement that polling day is on May 9. A writ would be issued on April 11 to the returning officers (RO) in charge of each constituency to inform them of their duties on nomination day and polling day.
Nominations for the 222 parliamentary and 587 state seats have been set for April 28. Early voting for military and police personnel as well as voters living abroad has been fixed for May 5. This gives political parties a campaign period of 11 days for GE14. — PN