Sarawak polls put off till after Emergency, says EC

KUCHING: The Election Commission (EC) has confirmed that the Sarawak state election, which was due this year, has been suspended in view of the extension of the Emergency in the state.

EC secretary Datuk Ikmalrudin Ishak said the polls would instead be held within 60 days from the date the Emergency Proclamation is revoked or annulled.

He said this was in line with Section 3(1) of the Emergency (Essential Powers) (Sarawak) Ordinance 2021 stipulating that the state constitution's provision on the dissolution of the legislative assembly five years after its first meeting would have no effect for the duration of the Emergency.

"The EC takes note of Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's statement on July 31 with regard to the Proclamation of Emergency for Sarawak by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to suspend the Sarawak state election, and that the Emergency shall cover the entire state from Aug 2 to Feb 2, 2022," he said in a statement on Monday (Aug 2).

The Sarawak legislative assembly's term was due to expire on June 7 but this was suspended because of the nationwide state of Emergency which ended on Sunday (Aug 1).

The Aug 1 lifting of the Emergency would require the state election to be held within 60 days of Aug 2.

However, the state polls have now been further postponed with the six-month extension of the Emergency in Sarawak.

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