By-election in Pahang on July 4

PETALING JAYA: The Election Commission has set July 4 as polling day for the Chini by-election, after the Pahang state seat fell vacant following the death of Abu Bakar Harun last week.

Nomination day is fixed on June 20, giving candidates a two-week campaign period. Early voting will be held on June 30.

Announcing the dates today, Election Commission chief Azhar Harun also said it will ensure the by-election meets conditional movement control order (CMCO) requirements to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

In the 2018 general election, the late Abu Bakar retained the seat, which comes under former prime minister Najib Razak’s Pekan constituency, with a 4,622-majority against PAS and PKR candidates.

This will be the first by-election since the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan government in February, which saw the emergence of a new ruling alliance made up of PPBM, Umno, PAS and GPS.

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