Wednesday, February 4, 2009

EC: No by-elections in Perak

News From Malaysiakini: Courtesy Of YDP Gopeng Tn Hj Abd Rahim Md Ariff

[SPR memutuskan tiada Pilihanraya kecil bagi DUN Behrang dan Changkat Jering, walaubagaimanapun Pengerusi SPR, Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof berkata, Speaker DUN Perak mempunyai hak untuk mencabar keputusan itu jika beliau tidak berpuas hati]

The Election Commission today announced that by-elections are not necessary for the state seats of Changkat Jering and Behrang as there are doubts over the resignation letters said to have been submitted by the elected representatives.
EC said it received the resignations letters - dated Jan 30 - from Perak speaker V Sivakumar yesterday.

On the same day, the commission also received letters from the two state representatives disputing the claim that they had resigned.

"There exist doubts over the validity of the resignation letters submitted by the Perak state assembly speaker given the fact that the incumbents for both state constituencies had, with total realisation, submitted letters to discount both the submitted resignation letters as invalid.

"As such, EC decided that it cannot establish that vacancies have occurred.

"Thus it will not be able to call by-elections. The two seats are still held by the two state representatives," EC chairperson Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof told a packed press conference at the commission's headquarters in Putrajaya at 1pm.

The press conference was held after the EC held an emergency meeting to discuss the controversy.
"By this, the EC has decided that it does not have the power to invoke Article 36(5) of the constitution of the state of Perak to establish that there are casual vacancies for both the constituencies," added Abdul Aziz.
"Therefore,we have decided that both the seats will remain (those of) the incumbents, who had won them (legally) in the last general election."

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