EC gets official notice of vacancy for Chini state seat

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 09 May 2020

KUANTAN: The Election Commission (EC) has received an official notice of vacancy for the Chini state seat in the Pahang assembly.

EC secretary Datuk Mohamed Elias Abu Bakar said the commission received the notice from Pahang state assembly speaker Datuk Seri Ishak Muhamad on Friday (May 8) after the seat fell vacant following the death of assemblyman Datuk Seri Abu Bakar Harun on Wednesday (May 6).

Elias said under Article 26(5) of the Pahang state constitution, the EC would hold a by-election for the seat within 60 days from the date of vacancy.

"In relation to that, the EC will have a special meeting at 9am, Friday (May 15) at the EC headquarters in Putrajaya.

"The meeting will be chaired by EC chairman Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun, who will discuss important dates such as the writ of election, nomination day and voting day, as well as voters registry that will be used and other preparations for the by-election," he said in a statement on Saturday (May 9).

Elias added that there would be a press conference after the meeting.

Bakar, 60, died of an apparent heart attack at Hospital Kuala Lumpur.

In GE14, he obtained 10,027 votes against Mohd Fadhil Noor Abdul Karim of PAS (5,405) and Mohamad Razali Ithnain of PKR (1,065 votes).

Chini is one of the four state seats under the Pekan parliamentary constituency held by former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

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