Azhar Resigns, Azmi Assumes Duty of EC Chairman

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The Election Commission (EC) confirmed today that Datuk Azhar Azizan @ Harun has tendered his resignation as the commission’s chairman on June 29.

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In a statement today, the EC said the resignation was also forwarded to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong via a letter to the Istana Negara on June 30.

“In line with Article 114 (7) in the Federal Constitution, Dr Azmi Sharom, as EC deputy chairman, will carry out duties as EC chairman until a new head is appointed.

“The EC wishes to express its appreciation to Azhar for his contribution and service,” it said.

Former law lecturer Azmi, appointed as the EC deputy chairman in February last year, oversaw the running of the Chini by-election on July 4.

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On Tuesday, he also said the EC is ready to face the possibility of Sarawak elections any time.

On Monday, media reported that Azhar and former minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said have been nominated in a motion to replace current Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Mohamad Ariff Md Yusoff and his deputy Nga Kor Ming.

The Order Paper listing debates and motions ahead of the Dewan Rakyat sitting on July 13 has included the motion by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to remove Ariff and his deputy Nga.

Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders in a joint statement last month criticised Muhyiddin’s bid to remove them from chairing Dewan Rakyat sittings.

A lawyer by profession, Azhar or better known as Art Harun, was appointed the new chairman of EC in September 2018 after PH took over the government a few months prior.