Sunday, August 25

EC confirms receiving notification on Port Dickson vacancy


PUTRAJAYA: The Election Commission has confirmed receiving notification on the vacancy of the Port Dickson parliamentary seat.

Its deputy chairman Tan Sri Othman Mahmood said the notification of the vacancy following the resignation of its incumbent Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah was received from Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof yesterday.

Following the development, he said the EC would be holding a special meeting to discuss key matters on the by-election like the issuing of the election writ, nomination and polling dates, the electoral roll to be used and preparations needed.

“The date of the special meeting will be announced later,” he said in a statement here.

Danyal, from PKR, who won the seat in the 14th general election on May 9, in a press conference held at PKR’s headquarters in Petaling Jaya earlier yesterday, announced that he was giving up the seat to pave the way for PKR president-elect Anwar Ibrahim to be elected as an MP.

Dubbed the “PD Move”, it is to facilitate Anwar succeeding Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as Malaysia’s eighth prime minister. — Bernama