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Thursday October 7, 2010

Nomination day set for Oct 26

PUTRAJAYA: Polling for the Galas state by-election will be on Nov 4 while nomination day has been set for Oct 26.

Election Commission deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar said that although polling would be on a Thursday, it would not affect voter turnout as most of them were either self-employed or working in fields related to agriculture.

“We understand that most of the constituents reside within the constituency and therefore will not face problems to come out and vote,” he said after chairing the commission’s meeting on the Galas by-election here yesterday.

There it is: Wan Ahmad pointing out the Galas constituency to election director Wan Mustapa Wan Ab Hamid in Putrajaya yesterday.

He said that in the last general election, the voter turnout in the constituency was 81% and the commission expected the percentage to be even higher during the by-election since this was the trend in previous by-elections.

The Galas state seat fell vacant following the death of assemblyman Che Hashim Sulaima on Sept 27 due to cancer.

The PAS assemblyman won the seat during the 2008 General Election by a 646-vote majority over Barisan Nasional’s Saufi Deraman.

Wan Ahmad said that according to the electorate roll, there were 11,553 registered voters in the constituency including 127 postal voters.

“We will use the 2009 master electorate roll combined with the gazetted supplementary rolls for the first and second quarters of this year,” he said.

He said the Gua Musang district office’s operations room had been picked as the nomination centre while the Gua Musang Civic Centre would serve as the tallying centre.

He said 11 schools as well as the Orang Asli Affairs Department treatment centres and a hall would serve as polling stations.

Due to the vastness of the constituency, helicopters would be used to reach some of the areas, he said adding that this would push the cost of holding the election to about RM1.3mil.

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