State polls: Applications for postal votes open on June 15, says EC

PETALING JAYA: Applications for postal votes for the upcoming six state elections will be open from June 15, says the Election Commission.

In a statement, EC secretary Datuk Indera Ikmalrudin Ishak said only three categories of voters will be eligible to apply for postal votes.

They are EC officials, election staff and media personnel (Category 1A), voters outside Malaysia (1B) and staff of other government agencies (1C).

Applications for all categories must be made online at

Police and army personnel, who are also under Category 1A, must apply manually through a form that can be downloaded from starting June 15.

Voters outside of Malaysia are urged to contact the EC via email at to verify their last known address by June 23, Indera said.

The deadline for applications for those in the 1A category is three days before nomination day.

Deadlines for those in the 1B and 1C categories are three and six days respectively after the special EC meeting to determine the dates of the polls.

The date of the special meeting will be announced soon.

Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Penang, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu are expected to dissolve their state assemblies this month to pave the way for elections that are speculated to be held in August.

The EC's announcement comes as electoral rights groups have called for postal voting applications to be opened as early as possible.

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