JOHOR BARU: The Election Commission (EC) expects to finalise the list of foreign observers for the May 5 general election this week.
EC deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar said observers from Asean countries have been invited to monitor the election process.
He said they were from Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand and the Philippines, along with observers from the Asean Secretariat.
Wan Ahmad each of the Asean countries and the secretariat would be sending seven observers, of whom three would be accorded status as official guests of Malaysia.
"We are going to stick to seven observers from each country although the EC has received requests from some of the countries to send 40 observers," he said in a press conference Wednesday, after attending a closed-door briefing on the election machinery by the state EC for the Gelang Patah parliamentary seat.
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