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Malaysia: Elections in April or May 2018

Authorities could dissolve parliament in March, paving the way for elections in April or early May

14 Mar 10:09 AM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 3/14/2018, 12:00 AM until 3/14/2018, 11:59 PM (UTC). COUNTRY/REGION Malaysia

Event

According to news sources, the Malaysian parliament could be dissolved by the end of March, paving the way for early elections in April or early May. The parliament is currently scheduled to sit until April 5. Potential dates proposed for the early elections include April 28, May 5, and May 12. According to the current electoral schedule, the vote - to elect members of the 14th Parliament of Malaysia - must be organized on or before August 24, 2018. The constitution requires that a general election be held at least every five years.

Context

Controversies frequently break out ahead of elections in Malaysia, particularly regarding gerrymandering in favor of the ruling party. Protests as well as political rallies are to be anticipated in the lead-up to the vote. Security personnel have been known to use tear gas and water cannons to disperse public protests. As a reminder, under Malaysian law it is illegal for foreign citizens to take part in demonstrations.

Advice

Individuals present in Malaysia are advised to avoid all political demonstrations and to keep abreast of the situation.

 

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