KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 28 2020: The Election Commission (EC) is ready for the possibility of a general election being held to solve the country’s current political crisis.
Its chairman Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun was reported today as saying that the commission’s secretariat is always on standby and has a prior plan ready for a general election.
“But I won’t deny that in this current context, the EC has not discussed anything in detail (if a general election were to take place),” he was quoted as saying yesterday.
Azhar also said that 18-year-olds still could not vote if a general election is held in the coming months as the new law on the matter would only take effect the earliest by the end of this year.
He estimated the cost for a general election at between RM750 million and RM800 million.
Barisan Nasional (BN) and its allies had called for the dessolution of Parliament to make way for snap polls due to the current political crisis triggered by the recent collapse of Pakatan Harapan government.