Snap Polls During COVID-19 in Malaysia Could Cost RM1.2 billion: Minister

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FILE PHOTO: A man casts his vote during the by-election in Port Dickson, Malaysia October 13, 2018. REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin/File Photo

 

Separately, Mr Takiyuddin also said that the last five by-elections in the constituencies of Cameron Highlands, Semenyih, Rantau, Sandakan and Tanjung Piai cost a total of RM12.9 million.

In February former Election Commission chairman Azhar Azizan Harun, who is now the Parliament speaker, had said that snap polls would cost between RM750 million and RM800 million as a result of enhancements such as increase in polling centres and additional voting streams for people with special needs.

There have been growing calls from both sides of the political divide for Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to hold snap polls, as questions linger over whether he commands an effective majority in parliament.

Mr Muhyiddin, who currently heads the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government, was sworn in as Malaysia’s eighth prime minister on Mar 1 following the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan government.

Based on a vote to remove the previous parliament speaker during the Jul 13 sitting, PN is believed to have 113 out of the 222 federal lawmakers, a majority of two seats.

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