Published: Sunday February 24, 2013 MYT 2:01:00 PM
Updated: Sunday February 24, 2013 MYT 3:20:39 PM
Penang wants to take Federal Government, EC to court to restore local elections
By CHRISTOPHER TAN
GEORGE TOWN: The Penang government wants to take the Federal Government and the Election Commission (EC) to Federal Court to compel the restoration of the local government elections in the state.
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng (pix) said restoring the local government elections in the Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) and Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) has long been a fundamental demand and commitment of the state since 2008.
“The state government takes the position that local government elections are a state matter and that the State Legislature has jurisdiction to provide for the holding of local government elections under the Ninth Schedule and Article 113(4) of the Federal Constitution.
“The state has informed the EC that the Local Government Elections (Penang Island and Province Wellesley) Enactment 2012 would come into force in Penang by Jan 31, this year.
“However, the state failed to obtain any commitment from the EC to conduct the elections to MPPP and MPSP in accordance with the State Enactment,” Lim said at a press conference at the Penang Development Corporation (PDC) office in Bayan Baru on Sunday.