Parliament dissolves: What does that mean and what’s next?

Source: The Malay Mail Online

GE14 – Bernama infographics

KUALA LUMPUR, April 6 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has officially announced the dissolution of the 13th Parliament, effective tomorrow.

That means the dispersal of the elected members of the legislature, and the start of another election season for the next members of the Dewan Rakyat as well as other state legislatures that would have automatically disbanded by June 24 if dissolution was not called earlier.

Who’s in charge now?

For now, until polling is held and wrapped up and a clear victor emerges, Najib and the members of his Cabinet will act as the caretaker government of Malaysia.

So, how long will that be?

The 14th general election will have to be held within 60 days. Will it take two months then? Not nearly. Read more

Agong consents to EC’s redelineation report, new voting boundaries take effect today

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Malaysian electoral votes being taken for counting — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, March 29 — The Election Commission’s (EC) proposed new voting boundaries and renaming of seats will be implemented from today.

This is after the Yang di-Pertuan Agong gave his royal assent to the redelineation recommendations.

In an order gazetted today by the federal government, it was stated that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong had exercised his powers under the Federal Constitution’s Thirteenth Schedule’s Section 9 to make the order for the EC’s proposals to be implemented from today.

“This order comes into operation on March 29, 2018.

“The recommendations contained in the report of the Election Commission dated March 6, 2018 shall have effect from the date of the coming into operation of this Order,” the order dated March 28 said. Read more

Malaysia’s election process explained

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Malaysian electoral votes being taken for counting — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, March 23 — Here is a quick breakdown of Malaysia’s election process based on the first-past-the-post system in a parliamentary democracy.

The 14th general election must be held by August 24this year.

1. Parliament is dissolved

The ball starts rolling the day Parliament is dissolved, which has yet to happen for the14th general election.

This sometimes happens once every four years, but a full term is five years.

The Yang Di-Pertuan Agong officially dissolves Parliament upon advice from the prime minister, who is currently Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

When Parliament is dissolved, the election is to be held within 60 days. Read more