The early voting process for the 15th general election (GE15) and the Bugaya state by-election in Sabah began at 8am today, involving 224,828 early voters.
Of that number, 117,473 are military personnel and their spouses, while another 107,355 are members of the police force and their spouses.
A total of 578 early voting centres, involving 970 channels, were opened nationwide, including at state police contingent headquarters, district police headquarters and army camps.
According to the federal government gazette dated Oct 31, 2022, uploaded on the Election Commission (EC) website, the early voting centres will be closed in stages from noon until 5pm.
The EC, in a statement yesterday, advised voters to check their voting information at https://mysprsemak.spr.gov.my or contact the EC hotline at 03-88927018/03-88880040 or through the MySPR Semak application.
The EC also advised early voters who are positive for Covid-19 to contact the district health officers for assistance in discharging their responsibility.
The early voting process will be witnessed by the agents of the contesting candidates, and broadcast live through the EC's Facebook at selected early voting centers.
The ballot papers of the early voters will not be counted today, but on polling day on Nov 19. Until then, the ballot boxes will be kept in police station lockers for safekeeping.
GE15 will see candidates vying for 222 parliamentary seats and 117 state seats in Pahang, Perlis and Perak, as well as for the Bugaya state seat in Sabah.
The Bugaya by-election is being held simultaneously with GE15 after it was postponed due to the proclamation of emergency to prevent the spread of Covid-19.