KUCHING, April 9 – Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Abd Aziz Mohd Yusof’s remarks today, on preparations for the 13th General Election (GE) has sparked speculation among media members here that the polls could be held in June this year.
When he said EC would be finalising preparations for the GE in June, it immediately drew questions from the media on whether the election would be held by then.
“Administratively, I am making preparations for my officers by June…but I am not saying that the election will not be held before June,” he told a news conference after officiating a briefing for returning officers and their assistants here.
He said there could be some signal given to him before the GE, but to date, he had yet to get any.
Meanwhile, 151 election officials comprising 31 returning officers and 120 assistant returning officers attended the two-day briefing.
Abd Aziz said, besides the briefing here, similar meetings would also be held in Sibu on April 12 and Miri on April 16, which were meant to familiarize the officers with new procedures to be featured in the forthcoming GE.
“The 13th General Election will be unlike the previous general election. There will be many new things introduced for the first time,” he added.