PUTRAJAYA: The Election Commission (EC) has estimated that it will spend RM1.6mil for the N25 Kajang by-election, which will take place on March 23.
Nomination day is on March 11, giving candidates a campaign period of 12 days.
The advance voting process will be carried out on March 19, said EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof.
“There are many things to prepare as we were taken by surprise over this by-election.
“We had to change our gears completely because organising a by-election is not a simple matter,” Abdul Aziz said after chairing a special meeting on the by-election here yesterday.
There are 39,278 registered voters in the state constituency, with 1,197 of these being advance voters and 26 absent voters located overseas.
The constituency consists of 48.5% Malays (19,050 voters), 40.28% Chinese (15,823 voters), 10.29% Indians (4,040 voters), 0.52% others (203 voters), 0.2% Sabah bumiputra (78 voters), 0.19% Sarawak bumiputra (74 voters) and 0.03% Orang Asli (10 voters).
Abdul Aziz said that 673 personnel would be appointed to aid the co-ordination of the by-election, where 15 polling centres and three centres for advance voting will be set up.
A total of three enforcement teams under the direction of one enforcement officer will also be set up to monitor all campaigning activities throughout the campaign period.
“The indelible ink will also be used on voters as accorded in the law,” said Abdul Aziz, adding that a new batch of the ink may be obtained as early as two weeks from now.
The Kajang state assembly seat fell vacant following the abrupt resignation of PKR assemblyman Lee Chin Cheh on Jan 27.
Lee’s resignation is believed to be connected to mounting speculation that Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is being lined up to replace Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim as Selangor Mentri Besar.
Anwar, who is Permatang Pauh MP, was revealed as the party’s candidate to contest the by-election just a day after Lee’s resignation.
Both Anwar and PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli said that Anwar’s candidacy in the forced by-election, dubbed as the Kajang move, was part of the party’s plans to use Selangor as a launching pad to claim Putrajaya.
In the May elections last year, Lee secured a total of 19,571 votes, winning Kajang with a 6,824-vote majority in a six-cornered fight against candidates from Barisan Nasional, Berjasa and three Independents.
Kajang Municipal Council president Datuk Hasan Nawawi Abd Rahman has been appointed the returning officer for the by-election.
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