EC urged to explain delay behind Bugaya by-election despite 18-month vacancy

18/5/2022 4:11:00 PM

EC urged to explain delay behind Bugaya by-election despite 18-month vacancy

EC urged to explain delay behind Bugaya by-election despite 18-month vacancy

KOTA KINABALU: The Election Commission (EC) should explain why the Bugaya state by-election is not being held despite being vacant for over 18 months.

A local NGO, Development of Economic Affairs and Leadership Skills Sabah (DEALS) president Datuk Kalakau Untol said so many other elections had been held but the by-election for Bugaya state seat in Semporna had yet to be conducted.× Copy URL Two men are caught for suspected cable theft at a substation in Bintulu.A (May 17): Elon Musk said that the US economy was “probably” in a recession -- a judgment at odds with economists and available data -- and cautioned companies to watch costs and cash flows..

The seat was left vacant after the death of its Parti Warisan incumbent Datin Manis Muka Mohd Dara on Nov 17, 2020 - hardly two months after the snap Sabah state elections was held on Sept 20, 2020."Why is it that after eighteen months of the Bugaya state assembly seat being declared vacant, the Election Commission has still failed to conduct a by-election? "This is a denial of the Bugaya people’s right to obtain the services of a state assemblyman and development and other facilities enjoyed by other constituencies," said Kalakau, who is Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) election director.– Pic courtesy of SEB, May 17, 2022.Kalakau said the Covid-19 pandemic should no longer be a valid reason as efforts must be taken to hold a by-election.” Recession fears have been growing recently as the Federal Reserve tightens monetary policy to help cool down inflation that’s running near its hottest pace since the early 1980s."We have seen the Election Commission conduct the Melaka, Sarawak and Johor state elections," he said, adding that there were still 40 months left for the term of the current state assembly which expires in September 2025.According to statistics provided by the state power company to The Malaysian Insight, in the last 16 months, 174 cases of cable theft and vandalism were recorded across Sarawak, with only nine people caught for theft – a success rate of only 5.Following Manis Muka's death, Covid-19 lockdowns and later localised emergency orders were put in place in the Bugaya seat.

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