Sunday, 24 August 2008
The Penang state government had officially declared 26 August as a special public holiday in conjunction of the Permatang Pauh by-election in order to encourage higher voter turnout on that day.
Penang Chief Minister and DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng made the official announcement today, said the special public holiday is needed because the election commission had purposely fixed the polling day on a working day instead of a usual weekend. With this holiday, Guan Eng said it will further encourage voters to turn up in force to cast their votes.
Voters should be given the opportunity to exercise their rights to vote as stated in the federal constitution.