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Recommendations on Melaka polls by pandemic management panel to be presented to Cabinet

Khairy Jamaluddin says his ministry will prepare the necessary SOPs if an election is carried out.

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The recommendations of the Special Committee on Pandemic Management on the implementation of the Melaka state election will be tabled at the Cabinet meeting tomorrow, says Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

He said the state polls not only involved health factors, but also touched on legal and constitutional issues.

“We (the health ministry) will discuss again at the Cabinet meeting tomorrow. This involves health, legal and constitutional factors, so we will take note of any decision by the Cabinet.

“The ministry will prepare whatever SOPs are required if it (the state polls) goes ahead,” he said after an official visit to Hospital Kuala Lumpur today.

The Melaka state assembly was dissolved on Oct 4 following the move by four assemblymen – Idris Haron (BN-Sungai Udang), Nor Azman Hassan (BN-Pantai Kundor), Norhizam Hassan Baktee (Ind-Pengkalan Batu) and Noor Effandi Ahmad (Bersatu-Telok Mas) – to withdraw their support for Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Sulaiman Md Ali.

The Election Commission (EC) was officially notified of the dissolution of the 14th Melaka state legislative assembly on Oct 4 by Melaka state legislative assembly speaker Ab Rauf Yusoh after the Umno-led state government lost its majority in the assembly.

Based on Article 19(4) of the Melaka state constitution, an election must be held within a period of 60 days from the dissolution of the state assembly.

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