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EC to meet Oct 1 to set Tanjung Piai by-election date

  • The Election Commission (EC) will have a special meeting on Oct 1 to discuss the date of the parliamentary by-election for Tanjung Piai in Johor.

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 23 (Bernama) -- The Election Commission (EC) will have a special meeting on Oct 1 to discuss the date of the parliamentary by-election for Tanjung Piai in Johor.

Its secretary, Datuk Mohamed Elias Abu Bakar, said in a statement today that the EC has been officially notified by the Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat, Tan Sri Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof, on the vacant seat.

The seat became vacant following the death of the incumbent MP, Datuk Dr Md Farid Md Rafik last Saturday.

Mohamed Elias said the special meeting will be chaired by EC chairman Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun, and it will set the dates for the writ of election, nomination day and polling day as well as decide on the electoral rolls to be used and other preparations.

The EC will have to hold the by-election within 60 days of the seat having fallen vacant, he said.

Md Farid, who was from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) and was a deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, died of a heart attack at the Pontian Hospital. He was 42.

He won the Tanjung Piai seat in the 14th General Election last year with a majority of 524 votes, beating Datuk Seri Wee Jeck Seng of (BN-MCA) and Nordin Othman of PAS.

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