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Port Dickson: Nomination Sept 29, polling Oct 13

  • EC has set Oct 13 for polling in Port Dickson by-election that will see Anwar Ibrahim vying for a seat in the Parliament. Sin Chew Daily file photo

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 20 (Bernama) -- The Election Commission (EC) has set Oct 13 for polling in the Port Dickson parliamentary by-election.

The nomination is on Sept 29 and early voting on Oct 9, EC deputy chairman Tan Sri Othman Mahmood said today.

The campaign period for the by-election is 14 days, he said at a press conference after the EC held a special meeting to determine the dates at its headquarters here.

Othman said it would cost the EC RM3.6 million to conduct the by-election, and added that the parliamentary constituency was large with five state constituencies within it.

He said the EC anticipated that 70 per cent of the 75,700 voters in the constituency would turn up to cast their ballots.

The by-election has been necessitated by the resignation of the MP, Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah, 68, of PKR, to enable PKR president-elect Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to contest the seat and become an MP.

In the 14th general election on May 9, Danyal Balagopal secured a majority of 17,710 votes and beat Datuk V.S. Mogan of BN and Mahfuz Roslan of PAS.

This is the fourth by-election since GE14.

Three by-elections were held previously, for the Sungai Kandis, Seri Setia and Balakong state seats, all in Selangor.

The state by-elections were held following the deaths of the assemblymen.

 

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