KOTA BARU: The breeze election in Sabah is expected to cost more due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan (pix).
He said the increased allocation was due to numerous procedures that required to be required to guarantee that the election procedure was kept in accordance with the set standard operating treatments (SOP).
” Elections throughout Covid-19 would include greater allocations. For instance, the indelible ink can not be utilized in the normal manner, and we need it in bigger amounts.
” At the same time, the sanitation procedure, area for physical distancing in addition to the procedure involved would spend some time which would likewise include increased allowance.
” The 14 th General Election involved an expense of RM500 million, if general election is to be held now, then it would cost more than RM1 billion. That is the figure approximated by the Election Commission (EC),” he said after an Aidiladha sacrificial ceremony at Tanjong Mas state constituency, here today.
Takiyuddin said the National Security Council would hold a conference on Monday to go over how the Sabah State Election need to be implemented based upon the existing Covid-19 SOP.
The EC was formally alerted by the Sabah Legislative Assembly on Thursday concerning the dissolution of the 15 th Sabah state assembly.
Earlier, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal revealed the dissolution of the State Legal Assembly, leading the way for a state election to be held within 60 days. – Bernama