The author has compiled the nomination dates and polling dates of past General Elections (1955-2004) into a pdf file. Click the following link to download the pdf file:
No one knows the answer. The EC will have its meeting tomorrow. But here are some interesting facts to ponder upon.
Since 1986, the actual election period – counting from the dissolution of the parliament or its announcement to the polling day – has never be longer than 20 days.
For the twelve elections since 1955, the EC has tried every day in the week except Friday. Some days were used more often than the others:
1. Sunday (3) – 1986, 1990, 2004
2. Saturday (3) – 1964, 1969, 1974
3. Wednesday (2) – 1955, 1959
4. Monday (2) – 1978, 1999
5. Tuesday (1) – 1995
6. Thursday (1) – 1982
So, my guess is that it would probably be on the first Saturday (1st) or Sunday (2nd) of March.
The sad thing is – why do we need to play this guessing game, first on parliamentary dissolution, now on nomination and polling dates?
What kind of politics that leans so much on ‘surprises’ and uncertainty?
Why can’t we have a reasonably long campaign period – says, 21 day – or even have the election day fixed – like Tuesday for the US presidential elections?
Why do we need the PM to make himself a liar on a petty issue like this?