KUCHING: One of the first tasks of new Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem will be to decide on the Barisan Nasional candidate for the Balingian by-election in Sarawak.
State Legislative Assembly Speaker Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar said no matter how soon polling is to be held, it will be during Adenan’s tenure.
“So it is the decision of the new Chief Minister (to decide on the candidate),” he told a press conference here yesterday.
Asfia confirmed receiving a letter of resignation from the Balingian seat on Wednesday from outgoing Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.
He notified the Election Commission of the resignation yesterday for it to decide on when nomination and polling would be held.
A by-election must be held because the vacancy occurred more than two years before the expiry of the current term of the state legislature on June 20, 2016.
The EC will meet on March 6 to discuss the vacancy.
Taib, who has been Balingian assemblyman since 2001, is to become Yang di-Pertua Negeri.
He is scheduled to receive his instrument of appointment from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in Kuala Lumpur this afternoon.
He will then take his oath of office at the State Legislative Assembly Complex here tomorrow before the Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak.
Asfia said the appointment of the Head of State was made by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong after consultation with the Chief Minister.
He said this was provided for under Article 1 of the state constitution.
He added that the Chief Minister in turn was appointed by the Head of State under Article 6(3)(a).
“The Governor shall appoint a member of the State Legislative Assembly who in his judgement is likely to command the majority of support in the assembly,” he said, referring to the article.