Local Elections Do Not Contradict the Constitution


SHAH ALAM, July 1: The Bill regarding the election of the Local Authorities (PBT) Councillors enacted by the State Government does not contradict or violate any provisions of the Federal Constitution as claimed by some.

Executive Councillor for Local Government, Studies and Research, Datuk Teng Chang Khim said that they have the state’s legal counsel to review the implementation before it is tabled in the Selangor State Assembly (DNS) session next year.

He said that the drafting of the Bill for the selection of council members of Local Authorities (PBT) is totally different from election laws.

“The state adviser will draft the Bill for the election of PBT members in a way where it does not contradict or violate any provisions of the Federal Constitution or the Local Government Act.

“Advisers will also do their best to enact laws in accordance with the State Government. I have confidence in them,” he said when met here after the DNS session today.

Earlier, Teng in a response to an oral question from R Rajiv (DAP-Bukit Gasing) with relation to the Local Government elections said that the election is a process to restore the democratic rights of the people in the state.

Previously, it was reported that Teng said that the first local elections in the state will be implemented before the end of next year.

However, the Deputy Chairman of the Election commission (EC), Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar in his statement claimed that the Selangor Government cannot hold a local government election because it is contrary to Article 95A-95E of the Federal Constitution.

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