The Penang state government announced this morning that it has no choice but to take the federal government and the Election Commission to the Federal Court to compel them to restore local government elections.
It wants to bring back elections for the Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) and Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP).
In May 2012, the Penang State Legislative Assembly passed the Local Government Elections (Penang Island and Province Wellesley) Enactment 2012, which allows for the Election Commission to conduct local government elections in Penang.
The state Government then informed the Election Commission that the Enactment would come into force in Penang by 31 January 2013. But it failed go get a commitment from the Election Commission to conduct the polls.
Joining the statement government in the suit is P Ramakrishnan, the immediate past president of Aliran, who will be the second plaintiff. Rama, who has voted in elections since 1964, also wants local government elections to be restored.