EC to hold special meeting soon to discuss implementation of Sarawak election

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KUCHING, Nov 4: The Election Commission of Malaysia (EC) will hold a special meeting to discuss the implementation of the 12th Sarawak State Elections (PRN12) soon.

EC secretary Datuk Ikmalrudin Ishak said the date of the special meeting has yet to be decided, but will be announced later.

He said this comes following the official notification from Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong had given assent to end the Proclamation of Emergency in Sarawak as stipulated under Section 2(2) of the Emergency (Essential Powers)(Sarawak) Ordinance 2021.

“Pursuant to Section 3(3) of the Emergency (Essential Powers) (Sarawak) Ordinance 2021, the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) shall be dissolved on the date the Proclamation of Emergency (Sarawak) is revoked or dissolved.

“Under Section 3(4) of the same Ordinance requires a general election to be held within sixty days from the date the Proclamation of Emergency (Sarawak) is revoked or dissolved,” he said in a statement today.

Yesterday evening (Nov 3), a statement by the palace announced that Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah had given assent to lift the Emergency in Sarawak earlier than the scheduled Feb 2, 2022 date.

The King made the decision after considering the request from Sarawak Governor Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud as well as advice from Prime Minister Dato Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, a presentation by Attorney-General Tan Sri Idrus Azizan Harun and the views of heads of government agencies.

Early this morning, a Federal Government Gazette dated Nov 3 was released stating that revocation of the proclamation of Emergency for Sarawak assented to by His Majesty was in line with Clauses (1) and (3) of Article 150 of the Federal Constitution.

The revocation of the Emergency is thus effective Nov 3 which also extends to the automatic dissolution of Sarawak DUN, and thereafter the need to have an election for Sarawak within the coming 60 days. — DayakDaily