GPS candidates list out on Dec 4

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MIRI: The list of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) candidates for the 12th Sarawak election will be announced by chairman Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg on Dec 4.

Speaking to the media here, Abang Johari said the state ruling coalition had already anticipated the nomination and polling dates — on Dec 6 and 18 respectively — and was prepared to face the polls.

“We had anticipated the elections to be held before Christmas.

“We may be announcing the list of candidates two days prior to nomination day (Dec 6), so maybe (it will be announced) on Dec 4,” the Chief Minister told the media after launching the new Sri Mawar School here on Wednesday (Nov 24).

He added that GPS was currently in the process of fine-tuning its strategies.

Earlier, the Election Commission (EC) had set Dec 18 as polling day.

Nomination day is Dec 6 while early polling will be held on Dec 14.

EC chairman Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh chaired a special meeting regarding the polls in Kuching on Wednesday.

“The EC has elected 82 returning officers and 249 assistant returning officers to help manage the election process.

“For the purpose of monitoring campaigning activities, the EC has set up 155 election task forces comprising representatives of the police, local authorities and representatives of candidates,” he said.