State assemblies dissolve today for simultaneous elections.(UPDATED)
KUALA LUMPUR: Following the announcement of the dissolution of the Parliament yesterday, a few states have followed suit to dissolve their legislative assemblies which will ensure that the state elections will be held simultaneously with the Federal election.
At press time, seven state legislative assemblies have been dissolved.
The states are, Sabah, Perlis, Perak, Malacca, Pahang, Negeri Sembilan and the latest Terengganu.
Others including Pakatan administered states are expected to announce the dissolution of their respective legislative bodies today.
The dissolution of Terengganu state assembly was announced by Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Ahmad Said at a function in Kuala Terengganu last night.
The speaker in the last assembly, Datuk Tengku Putera Tengku Awang, handed the notice to the state EC director Fakhrul Razi Ab Wahab at Wisma Darul Iman here at 9.20 am today.
In Sabah, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman had announced the state legislative assembly’s dissolution after receiving the of Yang di-Pertuan Negri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin to allow the state election to be held simultaneously with the General Election.
Perlis Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr. Md. Isa Sabu announced yesterday that Perlis state assembly has been dissolved as consented by Raja Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail.
The state of Perak, Pahang and Malacca have also been dissolved following announcement made by the Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir, Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob and Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam.
It is reported that Raja Muda of Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah had signed the notice of dissolution of the state legislative assembly at 3.15pm while Malacca’s governor Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob reportedly signed the notice at 1pm today.
Selangor, Kelantan, Penang and Kedah are expected to be dissolved today.
Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat reportedly said that the state assembly will be dissolved tomorrow night.
Selangor government controlled-media Selangorku reported Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said that Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah had given his consent to have a state dissolution ceremony at 2.30pm tomorrow.
Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak will seek an audience with Kedah Sultan Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah at Istana Negara before announcing the state dissolution.
Meanwhile Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng is reportedly scheduled to meet Yang diPertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas at 9.30am tomorrow.
Terengganu Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahamd Said had reportedly said that the state will not be dissolved today as Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin would only be returning from overseas on Wednesday night.
Negri Sembilan was the first state to be automatically dissolved on March 28.
Sarawak which held its state election on April 16, 2011 will not have its state assembly dissolved meaning the 71 state seats will not be contested.
There are 222 parliamentary and 505 state seats (minus sarawak’s 71) that will be contested in the coming polls.