Thursday, October 3, 2013

Nov 4 Polling For Sungai Limau State By-Election

PUTRAJAYA, Oct 3 (Bernama) -- The Election Commission (EC) Thursday announced Oct 23 and Nov 4 as the nomination and polling days, respectively, for the Sungai Limau state by-election in Kedah.

EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Yusof said the constituency had 27,222 voters and two absentee voters who are abroad.

There would be no advance voters in the by-election as no police or military personnel had registered to do so, he told a news conference at the EC headquarters after chairing a meeting to determine the dates.

The by-election has been necessitated by the death on Sept 26 of the state assemblyman, Tan Sri Azizan Abdul Razak, who was the former menteri besar of Kedah.

In the last general election, held in May, Azizan retained the seat with a 2,774-vote majority by beating his cousin, Mohd Fazillah Mohd Ali of the Barisan Nasional (BN). He had held the seat since 1995.

The Sungai Limau by-election is the second after the last general election.

The first was the Kuala Besut state by-election in Terengganu, held on July 24 following the death of the assemblyman Dr A. Rahman Mokhtar of the BN. The seat was retained by the BN.

Abdul Aziz said the electoral roll to be used for the Sungai Limau by-election is the 2012 Electoral Rolls combined with the supplementary rolls for the first and second quarters of 2013 updated as of Sept 26.

He said 17 polling centres would be set up for the by-election, and they would have 58 polling streams.

He also said that 492 election workers would be appointed to handle the election process.