... and a major disappointment and disgrace too.
The new Election Commission chairman, Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Yusof was appointed in January this year, and the issue of the Perak state by-elections presented the first major test of the competency and impartiality of the new chairman after the previous one was looked upon with contempt.
However, it is unfortunate that the Commission's decision today to not call for the by-elections, which went against the ruling of the Perak state assembly speaker on the vacancy of the 2 state seats.
Tan Sri Abdul Aziz went to the extent of declaring that "it is not the place of the speaker to declare the seats vacant, but to keep the EC informed; it is the EC's role to declare the vacancies. The EC's responsibility is to determine if there is a vacancy or not. Our answer is not."
This is an absolute and blatant contempt of the state constitution of Perak, and serves only to prove the impartiality and incompetence of Tan Sri Abdul Aziz, who acts as a stooge for his Barisan Nasional paymasters.
Can the decision of the Speaker be subject to challenge? Of course, but only by the aggrieved parties through the court of law. For e.g., the 2 affected assemblyman could file of an injuction against the EC or the state assembly.
Even the former tainted chairman of the election commission has stated that the EC has no choice but hold elections unless otherwise instructed by the courts. But it is certainly NOT the place for the Election Commission whose role is to effect elections when requested by the Parliament or the respective state assemblies, and not make the decision as to whether there should be elections.