PUTRAJAYA, Sept 20 – The Port Dickson by-election is set for Oct 13.
Election Commission (EC) deputy chairman Tan Sri Othman Mahmood made the announcement today at the commission’s headquarters, here, adding that nomination day will be on Sept 29.
Touching on the by-election’s cost, Othman said it is estimated at RM3.6 million.
On the campaign period, he informed that it will be 14 days from the date of nomination until 11.59pm on Oct 12.
He said that the EC had set Sept 20 and 29 for the opening and closing dates for postal voters inside and outside Malaysia.
Port Dickson district officer Khairy Maamor has been named as the by-election’s Returning Officer.
Othman said Khairy will be assisted by nine officers and five Election Campaign Enforcement (PP-KPR) teams to monitor throughout the campaigning period.
Voting on Oct 13 will commence at 8am and end at 5.30pm.
The EC will be using the Port Dickson Municipal Council (MPPD) hall for the nomination and as the official vote tally centre.
“A total of 1,403 people have been appointed to conduct the Port Dickson by-election and 39 locations will be used as polling centres comprising 171 voting channels,” he said after chairing the special meeting on the Port Dickson by-election.
He added that 26 additional voting streams will be added for the by-election, with two voting streams provided for voters aged 60 and above.
The Port Dickson by-election will involved 75,770 registered voters comprising 68,486 normal voters, 7,268 early voters, and 16 absent voters.
“EC welcomes non-governmental organisations (NGO) and any interested bodies to apply to be monitors for the by-election,” he said.
The Port Dickson by-election was triggered following the decision by first time member of parliament Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah to resign from his elected post.
PKR president-elect Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was announced as the candidate to contest the upcoming by-election.
The move is being done to facilitate Anwar’s return to Parliament and in a bid to get him appointed as the country’s eighth prime minister. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd