Malaysia's Election Commission ready to hold 15th general election

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Malaysia's Election Commission ready to hold 15th general election

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia s Election Commission EC said all of its state offices are ready to hold the 15th general election GE 15 when parliament is dissolved.

The commission's chairman Abdul Ghani Salleh told Malay Daily Utusan Malaysia that 21.1 million people are eligible to vote if the election is called soon.

The election is expected to cost around RM 1 billion about US $224 million, he was quoted in the Aug 9 report.

According to Malay Mail, the EC has taken over all aspects of budget management, logistics, ICT information and communications technology hardware and system requirements, human resources management, as well as training for officers, as well as according to the Utusan Malaysia report.

According to Abdul Ghani, election officials across the country have undergone various training and intensive courses to learn about their respective roles, duties and responsibilities.

The voting age in Malaysia has been lowered from 21 to 18, along with the implementation of automatic voter registration.

The next general election is not due until 2023 but talk of an early election is rife, with the United Malays National Organisation UMNO, which currently holds the prime minister's post, pushing for the dissolution of parliament.