The political turmoil in Perak has taken on a new twist with Election Commission chairperson Abdul Aziz reportedly saying that no by-elections would be held because of doubts over the resignation letters of the two state assembly members.
Aziz pointed out that the assembly members had sent in new letters to deny the validity of the resignation letters submitted by the Perak Speaker.
Where does this leave Perak? Will we see a battle in the courts?
See Aliran president P Ramakrishnan’s statement here in which he says the Election Commission’s decision is ultra vires.
Of course, if the two assembly members were to defect, the Pakatan would have a majority of one. And if that majority is threatened, then they have the option of dissolving the assembly and calling for fresh elections – if the Sultan consents, that is.