In our article yesterday we asked,”Who’s right.?” Seems todays Malaysiakini report http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/97472 the EC 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.
There exists some doubts and the EC,””As such, EC decided that it cannot establish that vacancies have occurred.”Thus it will not be able to call by-elections.”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,” “Therefore,we have decided that both the seats will remain (those of) the incumbents, who had won them (legally) in the last general election.”
However this did not go down well with the Perak government. The Pakatan Rakyat (PR) state government declared today that it would give the federal Election Commission (EC) 48 hours to review its decision. Senior Executive Councillor Ngeh Koo Ham said,”“The EC is usurping the function of the speaker and has misconstrued its role. It is there to conduct elections not to decide whether or not there should be an election.”
So the controversy will drag on. Now 48 hours is given to the EC to reverse its decision and this will create more political uncertainties in the state. We shall keep a watching brief……..