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No more state by-elections from Friday, says EC
Written by Malaysia Chronicle
There will be no more state by-elections in the country after May 20, except in Sarawak, said Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof.
He added that by May 20 these states would have reached their three-year mandate based on the dates they first convened their state legislative assembly sitting following the March 2008 general election.
Pahang is the last to hold its first sitting, which was on May 20, 2008.
“There are reports about states holding their first sitting in July 2008. There is no truth to this,” he told Bernama here.
Abdul Aziz had previously stated that parliamentary by-elections would no longer be held after April 28 this year because the current 12th parliament had served its three-year mandate, after which a by-election was no longer required in the event of a vacancy. The current term of parliament ends in April 2013.
Article 54 (1) of the Federal Constitution states that by-elections only need to be held within the first three of the five-year mandate.
Abdul Aziz added that there were states such as Perlis, Kelantan and Negeri Sembilan which reached the three-year mandate simultaneously with that of parliament, which was on April 28.
Other states reached the three-year mandate much earlier, namely Malacca and Johor on April 21, Selangor (April 22) and Perak (April 25).
The three-year mandate for Kedah and Sabah state assemblies ended on May 5, Terengganu on May 7 and Penang on May 2.
Sarawak held its state election on April 16. There are no state seats for the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan.
However, he said by-elections could still be held when special needs arose such as to establish majority in the house.
Sixteen by-elections had been held after the 12th general election six for parliamentary seats and 10 for state seats, which cost the EC a total of RM11mil to conduct.