EC prefers simultaneous state, parliamentary elections
May 24, 2011
According to the EC chief, it will save cost, time and energy.
SHAH ALAM: The Election Commission (EC) prefers state and parliamentary elections be held simultaneously as it will save cost, time and energy.
Its chairman Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said EC was in favour of holding simultaneous elections as it did not want to prolong politicking.
“EC will not be tired and so will the politicians. Imagine having one election after another, there will be no end to this,” he said when contacted today.
Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim had said the Selangor State Legislative Assembly would not be dissolved even if Parliament was dissolved this year.
Aziz said the Selangor government had the right to dissolve the legislative assembly after receiving the assent of the sultan on the advice of the menteri besar.
EC will have to call the election 60 days after the legislative assembly was dissolved.
Asked whether Selangor should bear the cost of having election separately, he said the cost will be borne by EC which received allocation from the federal government.
Aziz said EC prefers simultaneous elections like Bukit Gantang (Perak), Bukit Selambau (Kedah), and Batang Ai (Sarawak) in 2009 and Merlimau (Malacca) and Kerdau (Pahang) in March.
He likened holding elections simultaneously to organising a wedding for three children as it is cost-effective and save manpower.
The 2008 general election cost over RM200 million while the Sarawak state election cost RM50 million.