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Malaysian general elections set for May 9
Last Updated: 2018-04-10 14:05 | Xinhua
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Malaysian voters will go to the polls on May 9, said the Election Commission of Malaysia on Tuesday, days after Prime Minister Najib Razak announced the dissolution of the parliament.

Mohd Hashim bin Abdullah, chairman of Election Commission, at the press conference also announced the nomination date, which falls on April 28. After nomination day, candidates will have 11 days for their campaign.

Hashim said military and police forces as well as voters outside Malaysia could begin early voting on May 5.

According to data from the Election Commission, a total of 14.9 million voters are eligible for voting. Candidates will contest 222 parliamentary seats and 505 state seats, except Sarawak, which conducted its state election in 2017.

A simple majority of 112 parliamentary seats will deliver a victory to Najib, who is leading the Barisan Nasional coalition against the challenge of former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

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