Sg Limau by-election on Nov 4, nomination on Oct 23 (Updated)

PUTRAJAYA (Oct 3, 2013): The Election Commission (EC) today 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 were no advance voters in the Sungai Limau state constituency from among the police and military personnel, 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 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.

"Voters can also telephone the EC headquarters in Putrajaya at 03-88856565 and the Kedah EC office at 04-700 1313," he said.

Abdul Aziz said Malaysian citizens abroad, election officers and workers and journalists could apply for postal voting from today by downloading the form from the EC website.

"The closing date for application for Malaysian citizens abroad is on nomination day (Oct 23) and for the election workers and journalists, two days after nomination day," he said.

He also said that the type of indelible ink used and the method of application adopted in the Kuala Besut by-election would be emulated to mark voters in this by-election. – Bernama