SEREMBAN: The Election Commission (EC) has denied delaying the nomination day and polling date for the Rantau by-election, and maintained that its decisions were not influenced by any political parties or motives.
This came after Barisan Nasional candidate Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan claimed that the EC purposely delayed the Rantau by-election to stop Barisan's winning streak, following its victories at the Cameron Highlands and Semenyih polls.
EC chairman Azhar Azizan Harun said the body took the claim made by Mohamad in a ceramah at Bandar Sri Sendayan on Sunday (March 31) night here seriously.
"EC strongly denies the claim. As a constitutional institution, whereby its members were appointed by the Yang di-Pertua Agong, the EC has always carried out its duties and responsibilities professionally without siding with any parties in any elections.
"The EC received the certificate from the Federal Court Registry Office on the nullification of the Rantau state assembly seat on Feb 26, 2019.
"In line with Article LVI(5) on the formation of the Negeri Sembilan Government, the EC will fill the vacant seat within 60 days of the vacancy. The estimated 60 days period will end on April 26, 2019.
"To manage the course of the election, the EC will issue an Election writ no less than four days and no more than 10 days from the vacancy date verified by the EC in line with Section 12 of the Election Act 1958," Azhar said in a statement on Monday (April 1).
He added that the EC in this matter had taken into account all the terms set by the laws, and conducted a special meeting on March 6 to set important dates for the Rantau by-election.
At the same time, the EC was also making preparations for the Semenyih by-election, which was held on March 2.
"The EC wants to stress that all laws and regulations had been adhered to by the EC. Important dates for the Rantau by-election was set accordingly, after taking into account all the relevant factors.
"The EC also wants to give the guarantee that all decisions by the EC is not influenced by any political parties or political leanings," he said.