PETALING JAYA: Universiti Malaya Law lecturer Assoc Prof and The Star columnist Dr Azmi Sharom (pic) has been appointed deputy chairman of the Election Commission of Malaysia.
His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah consented to his appointment under Article 114 (1) of the Federal Constitution.
Other members appointed to the commission are former Foreign Ministry Secretary-General Datuk Seri Ramlan Ibrahim, former Labour Department director-general Datuk Chin Phaik Yoong, senior fellow at the Institute of International and Malaysia studies at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Associate Prof Dr Faisal S. Hazis, and Zoe Randhawa of the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0).
In a statement Thursday (Feb 14), Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk Seri Dr Ismail Bakar said their appointments will come into effect from the day they report as a Commission member until they reach the age of 66, in accordance with Article 114 (3) of the Federal Constitution.
The new members will serve beside Azhar Azizan Harun, popularly known as Art Harun, who was appointed chairman after Pakatan Harapan wrested control of Putrajaya from Barisan Nasional last year.
On Feb 8, a registered voter filed for an injunction to halt the Semenyih by-election, challenging the validity of the EC as it was run by only the chairman.
Aside from the chairman, the remaining six posts in the Commission were still vacant, rendering the EC non-existent in accordance with the Federal Constitution, the voter's lawyer Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz said.
Six EC members resigned effective Jan 1, 2019, and the posts had remained vacant until today’s appointments.