KUCHING: Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem is tight-lipped about state election preparations a few days after announcing his proposed dates for nomination and polling.
He was non-committal on when he would dissolve the state legislative assembly, saying only that he met Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday night to discuss the polls.
“I had a good meeting with the Prime Minister on election matters. That’s all I can say for the time being,” he told reporters after attending a power purchase agreement signing ceremony between Sarawak Energy Bhd and Malaysian Phosphate Additives (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd here yesterday.
Pressed further on whether the candidate list was discussed, Adenan said he would call a press conference “when the time is right”.
“You have to wait,” he added with a laugh.
Last Friday, he unexpectedly announced that April 18 could possibly be nomination day and April 30 the polling day for the 11th state election.
He clarified the following day that these were his proposed dates and it was the Election Commission’s (EC) prerogative to fix the dates for nomination and polling.
The EC also made it clear that it was solely its prerogative to decide the dates.
According to the Federal Constitution, the EC has 60 days to conduct the polls once the state assembly is dissolved.
The term of the current assembly term expires on June 20.