Simultaneous state polls: PAS to hold informal talks with Pakatan leaders next week


KUALA TERENGGANU: PAS will hold a meeting with the leaders of three Pakatan Harapan-led states to discuss the possibility of holding simultaneous state elections, says Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar.

The PAS vice-president said the meeting would be held next week with Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amiruddin Shari, Negri Sembilan Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun and Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.

According to Ahmad Samsuri, despite an informal meeting late last year, no decision was made on a suitable date for simultaneous state elections in the six states concerned.

The six states are Kelantan, Terengganu, Kedah, Selangor, Negri Sembilan and Penang.

"We will discuss whether the state polls will be held simultaneously or not,” he told reporters after the Young Talent Scholarship Programme (YT-TI) 2022 appreciation ceremony at Wisma Darul Iman here Wednesday (Jan 25).

However, Ahmad Samsuri, who is also Terengganu Mentri Besar, still hopes that the state polls can be held simultaneously to facilitate all parties involved, including the voters and the Election Commission.

"It is possible that it may not happen at the same time. No one can force the other states to hold the state election simultaneously. But three PAS-led states have agreed to do it on the same date,” he added.

PAS president Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang previously stressed that the party would make its own decision on the date for state polls in three states under its administration, namely Terengganu, Kelantan and Kedah.

He said it was up to the states under Pakatan Harapan rule, namely Negri Sembilan, Selangor and Penang, to follow PAS’ choice of date if they wanted to. - Bernama

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