Elec­tion Com­mis­sion dis­misses Oct 13 polls claims

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: For a brief mo­ment, many Malaysians had the im­pres­sion that the coun­try’s up­com­ing gen­eral elec­tion would be held in two months.

Friday the 13th was the most talked-about date yes­ter­day, af­ter a video de­pict­ing Elec­tion Com­mis­sion (EC) of­fi­cers con­duct­ing train­ing for the polls was leaked.

For many who an­tic­i­pated that the elec­tion would take place af­ter the 2017 Sea Games, their ex­cite­ment was rather short­lived as the EC was quick to de­bunk the fake news in its press re­lease.

In the 39-sec­ond clip that has made its rounds on so­cial me­dia, a man was seen speak­ing to an au­di­ence in a hall an­nounc­ing that the 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion would be held on Oct 13.

“I hereby an­nounce that early vot­ing will be held on Oct 11, 2017, and vot­ing day on Oct 13, 2017, vot­ing cen­tres will be no­ti­fied...,” said the un­named an­nouncer.

Much hype has been built around the next elec­tion since Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak sounded the elec­tion war drums dur­ing his pres­i­den­tial pol­icy speech when open­ing the 2016 Umno Gen­eral Assem­bly at the Pu­tra World Trade Cen­tre here.

Na­jib had hinted that elec­tion was near­ing dur­ing Umno’s 71st an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion in May when he asked the crowd in Bukit Jalil Na­tional Sta­dium here if they were ready for the elec­tion.

“Are we pre­pared enough? Can I dis­solve Par­lia­ment to­mor­row?” Na­jib had said.

In a state­ment is­sued by the EC yes­ter­day, the vi­ral video was said to have been shared by ir­re­spon­si­ble par­ties and had con­fused the peo­ple.

“The video is a train­ing sim­u­la­tion for EC em­ploy­ees.

“EC will mon­i­tor and in­ves­ti­gate any form of false news be­ing up­loaded on so­cial me­dia to en­sure the com­mis­sion’s rep­u­ta­tion is not ad­versely af­fected.”

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