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Majority want snap elections to be held in Perak

Malaysiakini reports:

An overwhelming majority of
readers want a snap poll to resolve the political impasse in Perak.

With two-way defections affecting both Pakatan Rakyat and the Barisan Nasional opposition in the state, 94% of those participating in Malaysiakini's one-day online survey (see chart below) want either by-elections in the purportedly vacant seats held by two defectors or a state-wide election.

jamaluddin mat radzi and osman jailu perak pkrJust over half of the 2,308 respondents (51%) have opted for by-elections in the two state seats - Behrang and Changkat Jering - held by PKR defectors, Jamaluddin Mat Radzi and Osman Jailu respectively.

Another 41% want the dissolution of the Perak assembly so that a state election can be called.

Only 4.2% said that BN should be allowed to form the state government if they have managed to gather sufficient defections.

MB has option to dissolve assembly

With Pakatan's 32 seats against BN's 27, the opposition needs at least three defections before it can go to the Perak sultan to claim the right to form government.

The Election Commission today has rejected by-elections for the two state seats. It ruled that both Jamaluddin and Osman are still state assemblypersons.

EC chief Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said that their denial letters received yesterday indicated their wish not to quit their seats, despite resignation letters brandished by PKR which were signed earlier by the duo.

With only one-seat majority, Menteri Besar Mohamad Nizar Jamaluddin may exercise his option of calling a snap election to resolve the political instability.

malaysiakini survey perak political situation poll 030209 -

I am more interested in what the Merdeka Review finds later on.