Landmark Malaysia poll fixed for May 5

AFP-JIJI

Malaysia’s general election will be held May 5, an electoral official said Wednesday, setting a long-awaited date for highly anticipated polls tipped to be the closest in the country’s history.

Speaking a week after Prime Minister Najib Razak dissolved Parliament, Election Commission chief Aziz Yusof also said balloting would be preceded by a two-week official campaign period kicking off April 20.