EC to set by-election dates on Friday for Bt Gantang, Bt Selambau

By SK English Team
Malaysia’s Election Commission will meet on Friday to set-election dates for the Bukit Gantang parliamentary seat in Perak and Bukit Selambau state seat in Kedah.

Parliamentary Speaker Pandikar Amin said that he has already notified the commission of the vacancy at Bukit Gantang, following the sudden death of MP Roslan Shahrum, who died of a heart attack on Monday.
Meanwhile, Kedah state assembly Speaker Abdul Isa Ismail said he has also informed the EC about the Bukit Selambau seat, vacated by assemblyman V Arumugam, who resigned citing harassment by political enemies and possible investigation for alleged bigamy.
Eye on the EC
Under Malaysian rules, by-elections must be held within 60 days after the EC receives notification of vacancy.
Of late, the EC has come under intense fire and its ability to carry out free and fair polls is now under scrutiny.
The commission’s credibility and independence was tarnished by its refusal to call by-elections in two Perak state constituencies last week.
Its disraceful decision in disputing the resignations of the Behrang and Changkat Jering assemblymen was condemned nationwide, and led to the ongoing political crisis in the north-eastern Perak state.