SHAH ALAM – Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali has reiterated that the state government will not hold early elections despite calls to do so by the DAP.
He will send an official letter to the Election Commission today for a meeting on the redelineation exercise of electoral boundaries.
“If I fail to get a meeting within 48 hours, I and the state government are asking the EC to give a written explanation on the matter, failing which we can proceed with legal action which our lawyers are looking into,” he told reporters after chairing a state Exco meeting here today.
A news portal today reported that the Selangor DAP is demanding that the state elections be held early before the EC completes its redelineation exercise.
Selangor DAP Chairman Tony Pua said the decision was made at an extra-ordinary meeting of the party last night.
Pua, who is also Petaling Jaya Utara Member of Parliament, said it would be a ‘stupid’ move to hold the general election after the redelineation exercise was completed.
Commenting on the statement, Mohamed Azmin, who is also PKR deputy president said that was Pua’s personal opinion.
“That is his opinion. Last night, the PKR political bureau discussed the matter and they feel we should explore all options available before we take the necessary legal action against the EC, we should look at all the available options for legal action against the EC.
“The State Executive Council Meeting today also took note of our need to focus on the legal recourse and does not agree to hold the state elections now,” he said.
Last Monday, Mohamed Azmin rejected DAP’s proposal to hold early elections, saying that the state government did not want to betray the mandate given by the people of Selangor to the opposition coalition in the last General Election.
EC secretary Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh had earlier said the Delineation Exercise of Electoral Boundaries for the Peninsula and Sabah was conducted based on the provisions of Clause (2) Article 113 of the Federal Constitution and amendments to Clause (2) Article 14 of the Sabah state constitution, which was gazetted on Aug 18.
All parties have been given one month till Oct 14 to submit their protests. – BERNAMA