Tuesday, March 10, 2009

PERAK SPEAKER COMMENCES COURT ACTION TO COMPEL ELECTION COMMISSION TO HOLD ELECTIONS ON THREE 'FROGS' STATE SEATS

The Perak State Assembly Speaker, V Sivakumar today filed a judicial review application at Kuala Lumpur together with others to compel the Election Commission to hold fresh State elections in Behrang, Changkat Jering and Jelapang, as a result of resignations letters received by him while declaring these State seats vacant.

The unprecedented decision of the Election Commission not to hold a fresh State Elections and allowing these 'frogs' to claim themselves as Independent with Barisan Nasional friendly had created a mockery and this matter need to be resolved since the Perak State government is under political turmoil with both fractions, Pakatan Rakyat and Barisan Nasional claiming to lead the State.

The application for judicial review was filed at High Court registry in Jalan Duta at 3.20pm today.

This Tronoh Assemblyman who is Perak State Speaker, is seeking an order for the three assemblypersons to present authorities or powers stipulating they are still elected representatives for their respective constituencies.

In addition, he is seeking:

that the three state seats be declared vacant and cleared following the resignation of the three representatives from Pakatan;

an injunction against the three respondents or their agents to make a representation that they are the rightful elected representatives and are responsible, with the functions and job as a state assemblypersons;

an order of certiorari to quash the EC’s decision not to call for by-elections in Behrang, Changkat Jering and Jelapang;

an order of mandamus (to compel) the EC to hold by-elections in the three state seats; and punitive, aggravated and exemplary damages from the court as a result of the course of the action and other relief sought and awarded by the court.

It seems that the Perak episode would not be resolved unless a fresh State elections is convened and it is hope that the ultimate saver of justice for his subjects, the Sultan of Perak would consent to dissolve the State Assembly immediately, paving a way to hold fresh elections and to overcome these uncertainties faced in Perak

news n pictures courtesy of Malaysiakini