Sungai Kandis by-election: EC to meet on July 9

The Sungai Kandis seat fell vacant after its assemblyman Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei died of cancer.

PUTRAJAYA: The Election Commission has confirmed that it has received notice that the Sungai Kandis state seat has become vacant following the death of the assemblyman, Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei.

EC secretary Mohamed Elias Abu Bakar, in a statement, said the EC would hold a special meeting on July 9 on the matter.

“The meeting will be chaired by EC deputy chairman Othman Mahmood.

“It will discuss the dates of the by-election, such as the writ of election and dates for nomination and polling, the electoral roll to be used and other preparations.”

He said a press conference would be held after the meeting.

Earlier today, the Selangor assembly had notified the EC of the vacancy.

Speaker Ng Suee Lim said in a WhatsApp message that the notice was sent by hand by an official at about 1pm after a copy of the death certificate was received from Shuhaimi’s family.

Shuhaimi, 50, a former political secretary of former Selangor menteri besar Mohamed Azmin Ali, died at the Subang Jaya Medical Centre yesterday of lymphoma (cancer).

In the May 9 general election, he retained the seat (formerly known as Sri Muda) for the third term with a majority of 12,480 votes, beating candidates from the Barisan Nasional, PAS and PRM.