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Friday, March 20, 2009

Sivakumar’s case agst Election Commission deferred to Mar 27

By SuaraKeADILAN English Team | March 20,2009

The Kuala Lumpur High Court has set March 27 to hear Perak Speaker V Sivakumar’s suit against the Election Commission for not holding by-elections in three state constituencies that he declared vacant.

Justice Lau Bee Lan allowed the postponement sought by Sivakumar’s lawyers because there were several other on-going legal cases related to the incident, which had sparked the events leading to the current constitutional impasse in the north-western state.

Sivakumar’s lawyer Razlan Hadri said lead counsel Sulaiman Abdullah was also involved with such other proceedings in Putrajaya this morning.

The Speaker had filed the suit on Mar 10 in a bid to compel the Election Commission to conduct by-elections in Changkat Jering, Behrang and Jelapang.

The Commission had refused to do so despite receiving Sivakumar’s notification, saying that it had also received contrary information from the three assemblymen, Mohd Osman Jailu, Jamaluddin Radzi and Hee Yit Foong, that they had not resigned.

Separately, the Federal Court is slated to hear today the judicial review filed by Pakatan Rakyat Menteri Besar Nizar Jamaluddin, challenging the appointment of BN Menteri Besar Zambry Kadir. Nizar’s lawyers have previously said they intend to appeal a High Court decision to refer their case to the apex court and will seek a postponement.

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