PUTRAJAYA: The Election Commission (EC) has set May 25 as polling day for the Bukit Gelugor by-election, following the death of its MP Karpal Singh.
Nomination will be on May 12 while early voting is set for May 21.
EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof (pic) described the Bukit Gelugor constituency as “large”, with 82,431 registered voters.
He also urged all relevant parties to ensure a clean by-election and keep their emotions in check.
“As always, we ask for a clean by-election and for all political parties, supporters and NGOs to follow the law,” he said after chairing a special meeting at the EC headquarters here.
The by-election is expected to cost the EC RM1.98mil.
The late Karpal, who was former DAP chairman, won the parliamentary seat in last year’s general election with a 41,778-vote majority over Barisan Nasional’s Teh Beng Yeam, who got 14,061 votes.
Karpal, 74, had held the seat since 2004.
DAP has yet to decide on its candidate for the contest, although talk has it that it will be one of Karpal’s sons, Ramkarpal Singh Deo, 38, a lawyer.
The party said yesterday it would announce its candidate on April 28.
Karpal died in a car crash last week.
In GEORGE TOWN, some 6,000 policemen in Penang will have their leave frozen until further notice in preparation for the by-election.
Penang police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Wira Abdul Rahim Hanafi said his personnel were ready for nomination day and the campaigning period leading up to polling.
“We have enough manpower to handle the situation,” he told reporters after attending a meet-the-people session at the Bayan Baru market.