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A state of emergency will be imposed in Bugaya, Sabah, and Gerik, Perak, to curb the spread of Covid-19 and postpone the simultaneous by-elections set for January 16 for both seats.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said he had had an audience with the King, who consented to the Proclamation of Emergency.
He added that the cabinet had discussed in detail the impact of the Gerik and Bugaya by-elections should they be held during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Learning from the coronavirus aftermath following the Sabah State Election conducted previously, the cabinet is in the view that the two upcoming by-elections should be postponed to a later date as they pose health threats to the public and economy.
“On behalf of the cabinet, I extend my appreciation to His Majesty for his consent to declare a state of emergency for both constituencies,” he said in a statement today.
Previously, Election Commission (EC) chairman Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh announced that by-elections for both seats will be conducted simultaneously on January 16, 2021 while the nomination had been set for January 4 with early voting on January 12.
The two by-elections are held due to unexpected vacancies of the seats following the death of the respective incumbents.