Malaysia will hold the General Elections on 5th May 2013, an electoral official said on Wednesday.
On 10 April 2013, the Election Commission of Malaysia announced nominations for election candidates would be held on 20th April,official campaigning begins on 20 April.
The Malaysian Parliament was dissolved on 3rd April 2013 by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on the advice of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Tun Razak. The Prime Minister made a televised statement announcing the dissolution of the 12th Parliament at 11:30 a.m. local time the same day.
The Election Commission said all 222 parliamentary and 505 state seats would be decided on the same day.
About 13.3 million Malaysians will be eligible to cast ballots in the elections to fill seats in the Parliament and to choose representatives for 12 state legislatures.
Malaysia uses the first-past-the-post system. The election will be conducted by the Election Commission of Malaysia. While in theory any State may dissolve its assembly independently of the Federal Parliament, the traditional practice is for most state assemblies to be dissolved at the same time as Parliament, with the exception of Sarawak.
The scheduled election will decide the fate of the ruling coalition of Prime Minister Najib Razak (National Front), as the governing party has enjoyed a tenure of 56 years (since independence) uninterrupted governance in the country. For the first time, the National Front lost two-third majority in the parliament in 2008 general elections.
Once the election takes place the results of Malaysian General Elections 2013 will be declared on RTM TV1 and other Malaysian News Channels.