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The Election Commission building in Putrajaya. — Picture by BERNAMA

EC to meet on Friday to fix dates on Padang Serai contest

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 16 — The Election Commission (EC) will hold a special meeting on Friday (November 18) to set key dates for conducting the 15th general election (GE15) Padang Serai parliamentary seat contest.

EC secretary Datuk Ikmalrudin Ishak said this was due to the death of Pakatan Harapan’s candidate for the parliamentary seat, M. Karupaiya, earlier today.

He said a statement would be issued after the meeting.

“EC has received the Writ of Election which was returned by the Returning Officer for the constituency, spelling out the facts concerning the death of the candidate,” Ikmalrudin said in a statement.

EC conveyed its condolences to the family of Karupaiya and hoped that they would be strong in facing their loss.

News on the death of Karupaiya, 69, was confirmed earlier by Harapan secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.

Karupaiya was fielded to defend the seat in a six-cornered fight with Parti Pejuang Tanah Air’s Hamzah Abd Rahman, Barisan Nasional’s Datuk C. Sivaraajh, Parti Warisan’s Mohd Bakhri Hashim, Perikatan Nasional’s Datuk Azman Nasrudin, and Independent candidate Sreanandha Rao, in the election this Saturday.

— Bernama

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