The Johor state election has been set for March 12.

Election Commission (EC) chairman Abdul Ghani Salleh told a press conference today that the nomination day will be on Feb 26, while early voting is on March 8.

There are 2.599 million registered voters eligible to vote in the state elections, which came following the dissolution of the state legislative assembly on Jan 22, after the BN-led government's majority was reduced to a single seat.

This happened after the death of Bersatu's Kempas assemblyman Osman Sapian in December last year.

The Johor state election would be the third time Malaysians are going to the polls in the last five months, after the Melaka and Sarawak elections in November and December last year, respectively.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said that the elections will proceed despite the spike in COVID-19 cases due to the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

However, the election will take place in accordance with strict standard operating procedures (SOPs), he assured.

The decision to proceed with the election amid the spike in cases was taken since the number of adults taking the booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine was high, and the Omicron variant also caused mild symptoms, he said recently.

Source: Free Malaysia Today
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