A week after the dissolution of the Parliament, the Elections Commission (EC) convened on Wednesday (10.04.2013) morning to announce the nomination and polling dates.
In an announcement that beamed live across several television stations after a 10am meeting in Putrajaya, the EC has announced that nomination day will be on 20 April 2013 while polling day will be held on 5 May 2013.
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After the announcement of the dates, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak took to his Twitter page to share his enthusiasm:
Exciting news - the Electoral Commission has announced that #GE13 will be on May 5th. Candidates nominated April 20th. Jom bertindak— Mohd Najib Tun Razak (@NajibRazak) April 10, 2013
As for the rakyat, they, too, took to their social media sites to share their views on GE13:
How do we deal with a distrusted political system? We go to the poll and don't vote them in. Simple. #GE13— Yang Berharap (@kushairi) April 10, 2013
Gentlemen start your engine, get ready to cast your vote #GE13 on May 5th!— irene choo (@huntressm00n) April 10, 2013
Every vote counts! Assess your options and do your duty as a rakyat! Change ka, remain ka,it's all in the best interest of the country!#GE13— T.Avineshwaran (@avinesh90) April 10, 2013
World Laughter Day on 1st Sunday of May which is this year on 5th May. Election is on 5th May! Ironically :D #GE13
— Lawrence Loodasamy (@LawrenceManiac) April 10, 2013