The election commission will hold a meeting next week over the by-elections for the Batu Sapi parliamentary seat in Sabah, following the death of incumbent Batu Sapi MP Liew Vui Keong.
Earlier, certain quarters called to delay the elections considering the sudden spike in Covid-19 cases. But according to EC’s top leadership, an election has to go on, as postponing beyond 60 days is not possible.
EC chairperson Abdul Ghani Salleh said they would have to hold the election, even with the surge in cases. He said officials have received the official notice and they are meeting next week to discuss the elections.
Its deputy Azmi Sharom stated that they have no other choice other than having an election. However, they will have strict SOPs.
According to the federal constitution, an election that can only be postponed beyond 60 days is in a state of emergency. Earlier, the PM, in his address, stated that the 16th Sabah state election has played a significant role in the spike in cases.
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