The Star Online|Malaysia 13th General Election

EC: Indelible ink ordered

PUTRAJAYA: The indelible ink, to be used for the first time by the Election Commission (EC) in the general election, has been ordered.

“We think they (the company) have already started producing it.

“They told us they would need at least two months to produce the quantity needed by Malaysia,” EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Yusof said at a press conference after launching the commission's general election portal here yesterday.

Abdul Aziz said it would take about four months to acquire the ink and distribute it to polling centres nationwide.

He, however, declined to say when the order for the ink was made.

Since the use of the ink in the election has been made mandatory, the availability of it will have a big influence on when the general election will be held.

It was reported earlier that Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was certain to ask for Parliament to be dissolved to pave the way for the 13th general election before March 21.

The speculation is that the Prime Minister will seek the consent of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah for the dissolution any time between Feb 20 and March 20.

Insiders note that March 21 is the day the tenure of the Johor state assembly expires after a five-year term.

Abdul Aziz added that the ink was good for use up to six months from the date it was manufactured.

On Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim's plan to dissolve the state legislative assembly after Chap Goh Meh next month, Abdul Aziz said it was entirely Khalid's prerogative.

“He can advise the Sultan to dissolve the state assembly and if the Sultan agrees, it is dissolved then.

“However, the dates for the nomination and polling is not going to be decided by Selangor (Government). It is (decided) by the EC,” he said.

Khalid told the media that if Najib did not make any announcement or give any indication regarding the election date after Chap Goh Meh, the Selangor Government planned to dissolve the state assembly.