EC CANNOT INTERFERE IF TERENGGANU STATE ASSEMBLY IS HUNG

12 Jul 2013 11:19

PUTRAJAYA, July 5 (Bernama) -- The Election Commission cannot interfere if the Terengganu state assembly is hung after the Kuala Besut state seat by-election on July 24, said EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof.

"If the by-election results in a hung assembly, the parties must discuss and resolve the matter themselves. The Sultan can step in if they fail to do so and if that doesn't work, then we have to call for a state election," he told a press conference, here, today.

Barisan Nasional (BN) won 17 of the 32 contested state assembly seats in the 13th General Election while Pakatan Rakyat obtained 15 (PAS, 14 and PKR, 1).

The Kuala Besut by-election will be held on July 24 following the passing away of the incumbent assemblyman Dr A. Rahman Mokhtar of BN, with the party now left with 16 seats.

If the opposition wins the seat, it would lead to a hung state assembly with 16 seats each.

-- MORE

EC-TERENGGANU 2 (LAST) PUTRAJAYA

Abdul Aziz said the EC would look at redelineating the state constituency boundaries to ensure there were odd numbers of state constituencies.

Commenting on the use of indelible ink, he said it would still be implemented in the by-election but using ink of a better quality.

"This time the indelible ink will contain more silver nitrate to ensure it lasts longer and we will get it from a different supplier."

Abdul Aziz said it would not be a problem to conduct the Kuala Besut by-election during Ramadan as it had been done in Permatang Pasir (Penang) and Lunas (Kedah) before.

"We don't want to have a prolonged vacancy. We have discussed the matter and furthermore this is not something new for the EC," he added.

He also said that for the coming by-election, there would be 10 observers each from the National Youth Council and Institute of Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS).

-- BERNAMA

KHL AYU PA MO