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EC confirms receiving notification on Port Dickson vacancy

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Tan Sri Othman Haji Mahmood – Acting Chairman of Election Commission (file pic)

PUTRAJAYA —  The Election Commission has confirmed receiving notification on the vacancy of  the Port Dickson parliamentary seat.

Its deputy chairman Tan Sri Othman Mahmood  said the notification of the vacancy following the resignation of its incumbent Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah was received from  Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof today.

Following the development, he said the EC would be holding a special meeting  to discuss key matters on the by-election like the issuing of the election writ, nomination and polling dates, the electoral roll to be used and preparations needed.

“The date of the special meeting will be announced  later,” he said in a statement here.

Danyal, from PKR, who won the seat in the 14th general election  on May 9, in a press conference held PKR’s headquarters in Petaling Jaya earlier today, announced that he was giving up the seat to pave the way for PKR president-elect Anwar Ibrahim  to be elected as an MP.

Dubbed the “PD Move”,  it is to facilitate Anwar  succeeding Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as Malaysia’s eighth prime minister.

— BERNAMA

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