KUCHING: Barisan Nasional and DAP will decide on their candidates for the Pujut by-election after holding meetings with their respective state parties.
Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg did not divulge much except to say that the state Barisan, of which he chairs, will hold a meeting on the matter, when asked for his comments at the State Legislative Assembly.
Earlier yesterday, the Election Commission (EC) announced that polling for the Pujut by-election will be held on July 4, with nominations on June 20.
The by-election was called after its incumbent Dr Ting Tiong Choon was removed by the assembly on May 12 over claims that he holds an Australian citizenship.
Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen said the party will meet soon to decide on a candidate for the by-election.
He reiterated that DAP will proceed with legal action against the state assembly’s disqualification of Dr Ting.
In Putrajaya, EC chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah said the commission will abide by any court ruling, even if it is made after the by-election.
“But the EC will carry out its duty for now, which is to hold a by-election within 60 days of a seat becoming vacant,” Mohd Hisham told a press conference.
There are 27,078 eligible voters in Pujut.