Sarawak election on Dec 18 - EC

KUCHING (Nov 24): The 12th Sarawak state election will be held on Dec 18, the Election Commission (EC) announced on Wednesday (Nov 24).

EC chairman Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh, who made the announcement here, said the nomination for the polls will be on Dec 6 and early voting on Dec 14.

He made the announcement after chairing a special meeting of the EC on the polls here.

The EC could not hold the Sarawak state election after the tenure of the State Legislative Assembly ended on June 6 this year because of the nationwide state of emergency in force at that time.

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah proclaimed the state of emergency on Jan 11 to curb the spread of Covid-19.

When the nationwide emergency ended on Aug 1, the King proclaimed a state of emergency for Sarawak from Aug 2 to Feb 2, 2022.

The emergency was lifted on Nov 3, thus enabling the EC to hold the Sarawak state election.

Abdul Ghani said 82 seats are up for grabs in the state election, with the campaign period set for only 12 days from after the nomination day on Dec 6 until 11.59pm on Dec 17.

Meanwhile, in a statement, he said 1.25 million registered Sarawak voters are eligible to vote in the polls, comprising 1.23 million normal voters, 12,585 military personnel and spouses, 10,458 police personal and spouses, and 113 absent voters overseas.

He said to ensure smooth running of the election process, the EC had appointed 82 returning officers who will be assisted by 249 assistant returning officers. 

A total of 46,565 election workers will be appointed to handle the state election process, he said.

There will be 1,866 polling centres with 3,555 polling channels/streams for normal voters to cast their votes on Dec 18, while the early voters can cast their votes at 85 polling centres which will have 111 polling channels/streams.

“Overall, there will be a total of 1,951 polling centres with 3,666 polling channels/streams. The 12th Sarawak state election is expected to require an allocation of RM150 million,” he said.

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