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Kajang by-election to be held on March 23, nominations on March 11, says polls body

Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof (left) and elections officer Datuk Hassan Nawawi Abdul Rahman (right) at the press conference on the Kajang by-election at Putrajaya today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, February 5, 2014.Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof (left) and elections officer Datuk Hassan Nawawi Abdul Rahman (right) at the press conference on the Kajang by-election at Putrajaya today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, February 5, 2014.The by-election for the Kajang state seat in Selangor will be held on March 23, while March 11 has been set for nominations, Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said today.

"As of January 26, a total of 39,278 are eligible to vote. They consist of 38,055 normal voters, 1,197 early voters and 26 absent voters," he said, adding that the 12-day campaign will cost about RM1.6 million.

The by-election, the third since the 2013 general election, was triggered by the resignation of PKR assemblyman Lee Chin Cheh on January 27.

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is the Pakatan Rakyat candidate for the seat while the Barisan Nasional has yet to announce its candidate.

In the 2013 general election, PKR’s Lee garnered 19,571 votes followed by Lee Ban Seng of the BN with 12,747 votes. Mohamad Ismail of Berjasa obtained 1,014 votes.

The three independent candidates who contested the seat were Mohd Iwan Jefrey Abdul Majib (249 votes), Ong Yan Foo (85 votes) and Mohd Khalid Kassim (83 votes).

Chin Cheh won the seat with a comfortable 6,824-vote majority.

Aziz said 18 polling stations will be opened with three being used for advanced voting.

He said the nomination will be held at the Kajang Municipal Council’s town hall in Section 15, Bandar Baru Bangi.

Aziz called on contesting parties and everyone involved in the campaign to follow the law and stick to the EC’s ethics of campaigning.

He added the EC set the date for the by-election on March 23 as it needed time to organise it.

“We have to ensure the rolls are clean, organise the polling stations and also import the indelible ink from overseas for the polls,” he said, while stressing that the by-election will be held within the required 60 days. – February 5, 2014.

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