KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Campaigning has formally started for Malaysia's May 9 general elections that will determine if scandal-plagued Prime Minister Najib Razak's coalition can extend nearly 61 years of unbroken rule against an unprecedented challenge led by nonagenarian former strongman Mahathir Mohamad.
Scores of election candidates submitted nomination papers at their home constituencies on Saturday, paving the way for the start of an 11-day campaigning period.
Najib, escorted by supporters waving party flags, filed his nomination in Pekan in central Pahang state. Mahathir, who was one of Asia's longest serving rulers for 22 years until his retirement in 2003, registered to run in the northern resort island of Langkawi.
About 14.98 million Malaysians will cast ballots to fill 222 seats in federal Parliament and choose representatives for 12 state legislatures.