PETALING JAYA: Barisan Nasional Strategic Communications (BNSC) unit says polling took place on a weekday three times when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was the prime minister.
BNSC deputy director Datuk Eric See-To said he understood the decision made by the Election Commission to declare polling day on a weekday.
“While I do not speak for the EC, I can understand that there is merit in selecting Wednesday as they may deem this to be fair to all states and not allow results and turn-out rates to be consistent throughout Malaysia and not be skewed in certain states,” he said.
Noting that even the United States held its presidential elections on Tuesday, Nov 8, 2016, See-To said Pakatan Harapan should not be complaining about polling for the general election being held on a weekday.
According to The Star Online, he said states like Terengganu, Kedah and Kelantan have their weekends on a Saturday while Friday is considered a half-day.
“If the election is set on a Sunday, it will not be fair to those states. Likewise, if an election was set on a Friday, it will not be fair to other states.
“Similarly if the election was set on a Saturday, it would be a half working day for some and a full rest day for others,” See-To said.
“Dr Mahathir’s first general election as Prime Minister was held on Thursday, April 22, 1982. His last two general elections as Prime Minister in 1995 and 1999 were also held on weekdays – Monday and Tuesday, April 24-25, 1995 and Monday Nov 29, 1999,” he said in a statement Tuesday (April 10).
Earlier today, EC announced that polling would be on May 9, which falls on a Wednesday.