KOTA KINABALU, March 27 — Tungku assemblyman Datuk Mohd Suhaili Said’s death will not trigger a by-election, the Election Commission (EC) said today.
Sabah EC director Datuk Md Idrus Ismail confirmed that there will not be a by-election in the state because of the proximity to the end of the state legislative assembly’s term.
“Don’t have,” he said in a short WhatsApp message to Malay Mail Online when asked to confirm whether a by-election will be called to fill the Tungku state seat.
Under the law, a by-election will not be called if the vacancy occurs within two years before the state assembly will be automatically dissolved.
Mohd Suhaili, 56, who had served the Tungku constituency for two terms, died from liver cancer at Gleaneagles Hospital in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.