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It's Official - GE14 Will Be Held On 9 May

The Election Commission made the announcement on the nomination and polling dates today, 10 April.

Cover image via Naufal Samsudin/NST

Malaysia's 14th General Election (GE14) will be held on 9 May

Image via Azhar Ramli/NST

The Election Commission (EC) said in an announcement today, 10 April that it has fixed 28 April (Saturday) for nomination, 5 May (Saturday) for early voting, and 9 May (Wednesday) for polling.

A special meeting was held earlier today by the EC to decide on the GE14 key dates.

The meeting was held following the dissolution of the Parliament on 7 April, which was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak one day earlier.

According to the EC, there are about 14 million registered voters for GE14

New Straits Times reported on 6 April that a total of 14,806,185 people registered as voters with the EC as of the third quarter of 2017.

These voters will be able to cast their ballot papers to choose their respective representatives for Parliament and State Legislative Assemblies.

In GE14, a total of 222 parliamentary seats will be contested while a total of 505 state seats will be contested throughout the country except Sarawak, as it has already already conducted its state elections in 2016.

A government can be formed with a simple majority of 112 Parliamentary seats

BN chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak (second from left) celebrating his victory with then Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on 5 May 2013.

Image via Nicky Loh via PRI

One of the longest coalitions in power, Barisan Nasional (BN) formed the federal government by winning 133 out of 222 seats in the last election in 2013.

During GE13, the opposition coalition won a total of 89 seats - more than their total in 2008 when BN lost its two-thirds majority the first time.

Should Pakatan Harapan win the elections, it would be the the first-ever change of government in the history of Malaysia.

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