Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Sibu by-election: Nomination May 8, polling May 16

Sibu by-election: Nomination May 8, polling May 16
NewsSibu by-election 2010-04-16 13:27

SHAH ALAM, April 16 (Bernama) -- Nomination for the Sibu parliamentary by-election is on May 8 and polling on May 16, in the event of a contest.

Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof, in announcing the dates today, said the by-election was being held following the death of incumbent Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew, who was deputy transport minister, last Friday.

The EC received the notification of death from the Dewan Rakyat Speaker on April 12 and determined that the seat fell vacant on April 10.

Under the Federal Constitution, a by-election had to be held within 60 days of the vacancy, he told a news conference here today.


Earlier, he presented the letter of appointment as returning officer to Sibu distrit officer Wong See Meng who would be assisted by four assistant returning officers from the government department in Sarawak.

He said the master election roll for 2009, updated until April 9 this year, would be used for the by-election.

Sibu has 54,695 registered voters comprising 52,158 normal voters and 2,537 postal voters made up of 1,910 military and 627 police personnel.

Abdul Aziz said the nomination and tallying of the normal ballots would be held at the Dewan Suarah, Sibu, while the issuance and counting of the postal ballots would be done at the Sibu district office.

Forty-five polling stations would be opened at 39 schools, two kindergartens, a training centre, long house, public library and public recreational centre with 110 streams and 1,149 workers would be involved.

The electoral role for the by-election would be on sale from April 26 and voters could check their polling station through the EC website or the short messaging service from April 24 or call the state EC and Putrajaya.

The EC would set up six election campaign teams to monitor the activities of the candidates, he added.


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