By MAZWIN NIK ANIS, Star online
PUTRAJAYA: The Election Commission will have to be notified by the Dewan Rakyat Speaker on the vacancy of the Permatang Pauh parliament seat before it can call for a by-election.
Its chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman said the procedure was for the Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia to declare the seat as vacant and decide whether the vacancy should be filled.
“Once he has decided on it, the Speaker will inform the Election Commission. We will then call for a meeting to determine the appropriate date for the by-election to be held and to discuss on other matters,” he said Thursday.
PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has quit as Permatang Pauh MP to make way for her husband Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to contest in a by-election.
She handed her resignation letter to Pandikar Amin yesterday but said that she would remain as party president.
Abdul Rashid said a by-election should be held within 60 days after a seat has been declared vacant, adding it was the commission’s responsibility to ensure the smooth running of the election.
“We will consider all aspects to ensure the by-election is held smoothly, including the fact that it is soon going to be the fasting month,” he said [more]