Special EC meeting Friday to discuss Gerik, Bugaya by-elections

PUTRAJAYA: The Election Commission (EC) will hold a special meeting to discuss important dates for the by-elections scheduled to take place in the Gerik parliamentary constituency in Perak and Bugaya state constituency in Sabah, this Friday.

“The special meeting will discuss the important dates of the by-elections such as the date of Election writ, nomination day, polling day, electoral rolls to use and other preparations required to conduct the election, ” said its secretary Datuk Ikmalrudin Ishak in a statement.

The meeting will be chaired by EC chairman Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh at 9.30am at the agency headquarters in Menara SPR, here.

Ikmalrudin said the EC had received an official notification of the vacancy of the Gerik parliamentary seat in Perak and Bugaya state seat, in Sabah following the deaths of the two incumbents.

The incumbent of the Gerik parliamentary seat, the late Datuk Hasbullah Osman, died on Nov 16;, while the incumbent of the Bugaya state seat, the late Manis Muka Mohd Darah died a day later, on Nov 17.

Ikmalrudin said the EC received a notification regarding the vacancy of the Gerik parliamentary seat from the Dewan Rakyat speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun on Nov 18.

“In accordance with Article 54 Clause (1) of the Federal Constitution, the EC will hold a by-election to fill the vacancy, ” he said.

Hasbullah, 63, died in Raub, Pahang due to heart disease. In the 14th General Election, he won the seat with a majority of 5,528 votes.

As for the Bugaya state seat, Ikmalrudin said the EC received an official notification from Sabah assembly speaker Datuk Kadzim M. Yahya on Nov 23.

“A by-election will also be held to fill the vacancy based on Article 21 (5) of the Sabah State Constitution, ” he said.

Manis Muka, 65, died at Gleneagles Hospital Kota Kinabalu due to kidney problems. She defended the seat in the Sabah state election on Oct 26 with a majority of 6,005 votes. — Bernama

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