Directives to get ready for polls
Last updated on 6 October 2011 – 02:48pm
Kong See Hoh
PETALING JAYA (Oct 5, 2011): In yet another indication that the general election is around the corner, various local authorities have received “directives” to get ready for polls, China Press reported today.
Many have already held emergency meetings for various departments, and section heads have been told to do the needful, including going to the ground to inspect community halls in their areas in preparation for elections, the report said.
It has been confirmed that officers of Subang Jaya Municipal Council have been notified by the Election Commission to get ready venues that are to be used for the polls.
Sources said the ground work to be carried out by council officers include making sure there are no problems with basic amenities such as water and electricity supplies to the community halls that are to be used as polling stations.
It is also learnt that local authorities are in the thick of this “special duty”.
In general, council chiefs and district officers are appointed as returning officers for their respective areas.
It is also the norms that prior to the general election, local authorities will be directed to prepare venues for the polls.
Sources said the EC’s “directive” to the local councils means the election could be called any time now.
Speculation is rife that the general election will be called next month and some punters are not discounting the likelihood that it would be held on Nov 11, arguing that 11.11.11 would be auspicious for the ruling coalition.
But will Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, whose favourite number is said to be 1, pick Nov 11? Only time can tell.