By Emma Victoria
THE 12th Sarawak state election will not be held until the state of emergency is lifted; however, the GPS government can continue to function as an interim government to administrate the state.
Universiti Malaya’s political analyst Prof Dr Awang Azman Awang Pawi said the state election has to be postponed even if the state assembly expires in June.
“But, I believe Sarawak under the GPS government leadership will still be stable even after the state assembly expires,” he said.
The current Sarawak legislative assembly expires in June 7, where a state election must be held within 60 days.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission will decide the polling and election dates once the state of emergency is lifted.
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has declared a state of emergency to curb the spread of Covid-19.
The King had consented for the emergency to last until Aug 1 or an earlier date if Covid-19 cases are reduced and stabilised.