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 GE13: Prime Minister announces 13th General Election.

The time we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has confirmed the dissolution of Parliament on a press conference televised live on national TV on April 3, 2013.

He announced that the King has consented to dissolution of Parliament on Wednesday, giving green light to the 13th General Election.

The Election Commission (EC) is expected to meet soon to set the dates for nomination and polling, and Najib has advised all state governments (except for Negeri Sembilan and Sarawak) to dissolve their respective state legislative assemblies to allow for the state elections to be held simultaneously with the general election.

Exciting times for Malaysians – Have you registered? Find out what you need to do as a voting newbie! AS BELOW

Malaysian General Election 2013: Voting for Newbies

It seems like we’ve been hearing talk about the next General Election for the longest time – but word is that it won’t be long now so it’s best to be prepared for it to happen anytime soon.

Regardless of who you are voting for, if this is the first year that you will be going to the polls – here is a quick guide for all you Election Newbies (we know it can be a little daunting)!

  1. Find out where your polling station is located through the Election Commission (EC) website. Alternatively, there is also an SMS service where you can text in your identity card number and your voting centre will be SMSed back to you. Type SPRSEMAKIC Number and send to 15888. (Example – Type: SPR SEMAK 811111075757 and send to 15888)
  2.  Polling is from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm at most polling centres – so wake up early and don’t leave it till the last minute. However, in certain remote areas, the EC allows polling to start later and close earlier.
  3. Bring your MyKad! Other valid documents you can use include your Malaysian passport, driving license, or an official identity card issued by any government authority which contains your photograph, full name, and identity card number.
  4. As soon as you enter the polling station, your hands will be checked for indelible ink to fully ensure you are not voting for the second time. However, this is a rare occurrence as Malaysian IC numbers in itself are unique and cannot be duplicated.
  5. The agent on duty will then find your registered name and read out your IC number, before issuing you a ballot paper. Head to the voting booth, select your candidate of choice, and place it into the box. If state elections are held simultaneously with the general election, you will be given two ballot papers and there will be two ballot boxes.
  6. Congratulations, you have now exercised your right as a Malaysian citizen! Go have a teh tarik and share your experience with friends , or you may wait at the tallying centre to await the results which will be shown on large screens.
See you at the polls!

 Source by Rachel Lam, Deaf writer.

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