MyBenefits News&Updates: Malaysia's 14th General Election (GE14) 

Polling Day: May 9, 2018 

Voting starts at 0800 (8.00 am) and ends at 1700 (5.00 pm)

Dos and Don'ts

GE14 | Before Voting Day | May 01 - 08, 2018

Confirm that you are registered to vote and check the designated polling station where you are supposed to vote. Check at  

Voters can check their polling stations 

Checks can be done via:

  • the EC’s website SPR Website 

  • the ‘MySPR Semak’ mobile application

  • by calling 03-88927018

  • sending an SMS to 15888

 

Check out the candidates who are contesting at your constituency. Information on all contesting candidates

 

Get to know GE14 in general  at SPR Official Statistics and Facts site

Know what constitutes an election offence to avoid spoilt votes, every voter and every vote counts.   The complete list of election offences
 

Find out what benefits have been promised by the political parties and their candidates through mainstream, alternative media and our news updates.

 

GE14 | On Voting Day | May 09, 2018

DO NOT be late.  All voters must already be queuing up at the polling stream latest by 1700.

 

Bring Tissue/Handkerchief

Bring tissue or handkerchief to cover the inked finger to prevent it from smudging the ballot paper

 

Dress Code

Dress appropriately

Articles of clothing

  • Do not wear shorts, miniskirts and ripped jeans.  

  • Wear pants or dress that covers your kneecaps. 

  • Do not wear see-through materials and skin tight clothing.

  • Wear a shirt and blouse. 

 

Footwear

  • Do not wear slippers.

  • Wear proper shoes, sneakers or dress shoes 

 

Clothing and other personal belongings

  • Do not wear clothes featuring any party’s logos on them or carry a bag, umbrella or anything that has political party logos. (The election rule states that all campaign activity is to cease on election day. Therefore, it is an offence and is considered a form of campaigning to wear clothes or carrying items bearing any logos or names of any political party.)

 

Nails

Remove all nail polish as the SPR will have to apply indelible ink on your nails to indicate that you have voted. Henna is allowed because it is red in colour, a different colour of the indelible ink. The SPR will not provide nail polish remover at the polling stations.  

 

Identification Document
You MUST bring along your identification card 

  1. MyKad (if there is a problem with your MyKad, you can choose to instead present the Temporary Identification Card with a photograph, a receipt of the Loss of Identification Card with a photograph.  The receipt must be certified by the National Registration Department)

  2. Malaysian passport

  3. Driving license with a photograph

  4. Authority card issued by a government department with photograph stating your name and MyKad number 

 

Other rules and regulations

  1. Switch off your phone when you enter the polling centre. Do not use your phone while voting.

  2. Do not accept any free gifts, food or drinks offered by anyone (It is illegal regardless whether or not you’re on the giving or receiving end)

  3. Do not wait or loiter around after you’re done casting your vote

The Voting Process

 

On polling day, the voting period starts at 8 am and ends at 5 pm. 

 

The Voting Process | What Happens When You Arrive at the Polling/Voting Station?

  1. When you arrive at the polling centre compound, present your identification document (myKad) at the EC booths. They will check your hands for indelible ink and also your polling stream. Only voters whose names are on the electoral roll of their respective polling stations are allowed to enter the polling station.

  2. Proceed to your assigned polling stream, queue and wait for your turn.

  3. Present your myKad to the clerk who will check your myKad number and name against the electoral roll. Once confirmed that you are listed on the electoral roll, they will (i) read out your name and ID number, and cross off your name and (ii) mark your left index finger with indelible ink to prevent repeated voting

  4. You will then be given a stamped ballot paper with a serial number

  5. Proceed to the polling booth

  6. Mark “X” in the box next to the candidate of your choice

  7. Cast your ballot paper into the ballot boxes.

  8. Leave the voting premise, you are not allowed to hang around after you have voted.

 

The Ballot Paper
The ballot paper MUST

  1. Have a serial number

  2. Have an official stamp 

  3. Not be damaged

  4. Not be stained

  5. Not be marked

Check very carefully when you receive the ballot paper. If it spoilt, ask for a new ballot paper. It is your right to get a new one. 

 

Don’t take ballot papers in or out of the polling station, even if you have not used it.

 

Casting your Vote
Vote for your preferred party with an ‘X’  mark inside the given square next to the party logo of the candidate of choice. (Do not mark with tick, circle, alphabets or numbers or any other symbols. Any other markings other than an “X” will be disqualified.

 

Postal Voting Process

Preparing the ballot papers

  • The election agents for all political parties will be given a list of names of the postal voters and the ballot papers are shown to them before being posted.

  • The agents check the name of the voter against the electoral roll. Strike off the name after the ballot paper is released for posting.

Ballot Papers are posted to voters

  • The ballot papers are posted to the voters several days after nomination day. Each postal vote consists of two small envelopes (envelope A and envelope B) which are placed inside a bigger envelope. Envelope A contains the ballot paper while envelope B contains the personal details of the voter.

  • Voters receive their ballot papers in the post.

  • Vote by marking the candidate of choice.

  • Put marked papers in the envelope provided by the EC and post to the returning officers at their respective constituencies.

 

Counting of postal votes

  • The postal ballots will only be counted on polling day, which is May 9, 2018.

  • During the counting process for postal votes, the personal details of the voter and the ballot paper's serial number – which is displayed on the cover of envelope A – are verified by EC in the presence of the election agents.

  • After verification, the unopened envelope A is placed on a tray for counting purposes.

  • A vote is rejected if the serial number and personal details cannot be verified.

 

GE14 in the News

Polling Day May 04, 2018

Postal Voting Process

In a recent interview with Bernama, Hasanul said postal voting was more complicated to conduct than normal voting even though both processes were almost similar. Read more >

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The Election Process

The government has declared Wednesday, May 9, 2018, a national public holiday and also school holiday in conjunction with the GE14 polling day to enable Malaysians to fulfil their responsibilities as voters. 

 

In Malaysia, the General Election process involves six (6) stages:- 

The Issuance of a Writ
After the dissolution of Parliament, the Election Commission issues a writ which is the power to carry out elections to the Manager. A notice which states both the date nomination and polling date is gazetted and publicised.

 

Nomination Day - the nomination and naming of candidates
On nomination day, between 9.00 am to 10.00 am, the candidate submits their nomination.

Election Campaigns
Election campaigning starts after the naming of the candidate and ends at 12.00 midnight before the day of voting. 

Polling Day – voting
Registered voters will vote at their designated polling centres.  
Go early - Voting starts at 8.00 am and ends at 5.00 pm.  Take note that in some areas the time to vote is shortened by reason of safety and difficulty of transportation especially in Sabah and Sarawak. 
All ballot papers must be cast by 5.00 pm - all paper votes that have been marked must reach the Office Manager at 5.00 pm on the day of the vote.

The counting of votes (same day as polling day)
As soon as voting is completed at 5.00 pm,  the counting of votes begins. The results of the counting of votes will be recorded in Form 14.  When the counting is completed, all the Form 14s will be submitted to the Pegawai Pengurus who will tally the votes.  He will then add the votes recorded using Form 15 (postal votes) to determine the winner.  Both early voting and postal voting ballots will only be counted on May 9, 2018.

The announcement of official election results. 
The Pegawai Pengurus will declare the winning candidate. The decision cannot be disputed. Any party who is not satisfied with the election results will need to file an election petition at the Mahkamah Pilihan Raya. 
 

Know what you are Voting for

Comparison GE14 BN and PH Election Manifestos

Do you want development projects, more financial aid or structural and institutional changes? Here you will find the segmented side-by-side comparison of election promises listed by both BN and PH. Know what you are voting for. 

O Segmented side-by-side comparison of BN and PH GE14 Manifestos

Comparison Pages 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 5 |  

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