Melaka is up for a vote under the limits of Covid-19


According to the Election Commission, voter participation for the 15th Melaka state election was 50% at 2 p.m. on Saturday (November 20), up from 36% at midday. Across 217 district centers in 28 state seats, polling booths were open from 8 a.m. until 5.30 p.m., with 476,037 eligible voters casting ballots. They will choose from the 112 individuals that are competing for the seats.
Three political alliances: Barisan Nasional (BN), Perikatan Nasional (PN), and Pakatan Harapan (PH), are fielding candidates in all 28 state seats, making the state election a fight of the behemoths.
BN is led by Umno, PN by Bersatu and Parti Islam SeMalaysia, and PH by a three-party federal opposition coalition. Even though public rallies were prohibited throughout the 12-day campaigning period, which began on November 8, all three coalitions’ key leaders were busy appearing in public.
The Melaka campaign has been awkward since Umno, Bersatu, and PAS are all part of the same federal government led by Umno vice-president Ismail Sabri Yaakob. PH has agreed to back the Ismail Sabri administration in Parliament in exchange for opposition reforms. Former Prime Minister Najib Razak headed the BN campaign. In contrast, former Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin led the PN campaign, and former Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim led the PH campaign.
The Election Commission has created a Covid-19 prevention guide that will be followed throughout the voting process to avoid infections.
Face masks must be worn, body temperatures must be checked, hand sanitizer must be used, and physical separation must be practiced. On November 16, 10,390 voters, including police, military members, and their wives, cast their votes in the early voting period, resulting in an 89.9% turnout.


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