Dissolution of parliament on 11 Jan? Impossible – EC

The Election Commission of Malaysia (EC) denied the viral rumours on the dissolution of parliament on 11 January next year.

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The Chairman of the Election Commission of Malaysia (EC), Tan Sri Mohd Hashim Abdullah FILE PIX: AFFAN FAUZI, 19 SEPTEMBER 2017 - Malaysia Gazette

By Muhammad Azizul Osman

KUALA LUMPUR – The Election Commission of Malaysia (EC) denied the viral rumours on the dissolution of parliament on 11 January next year.

According to its Chairman, Tan Sri Mohd Hashim Abdullah, it would be impossible for the Dewan Rakyat (House of Representatives) to be dissolved on the stated date and the polling date to take place on the 25 March as the period of dissolution exceeds the 60 day time frame.

“The Election Commission of Malaysia (EC) would like to emphasize that the viral message on social media on the dissolution of parliament which will take place on 11 January 2018, the naming of candidates on 11 February and the polling date on 25 March is absurd.

“The timeframe between the dissolution date and the general election date stated in the viral message exceeded the 60 days period, which is contrary to Article 55 (4) of the Federal Constitution,” he said in a statement today.

Elaborating further, Mohd Hashim said that the 14th General Election needs to be held within 60 days from the date when the parliament is dissolved.

Therefore, he would like to advise the public to not believe in the viral dates as the right to dissolve a Parliament lies in the hands of the Duli Yang Maha Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Di Pertuan Agong Sultan Mohamad IV on the advice of the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak. – MalaysiaGazette.

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