Friday, September 7, 2012
PRU in June 2013
The ruling party, on the other hand, relies on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib's 'inspiration' in deciding the perfect timing.
While he had announced Sept 28 as Budget Day, indications now point to November. Taking into account the Budget needs about four weeks to pass through Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara, he can only dissolve the the Parliament (after getting consent from His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong) sometimes by end October or early November.
But it also depends on sentiments and the Parliament. There were times when the Budget took six weeks to pass through both chambers, forcing the session to be extended.
Let's say the Parliament is dissolved by end of October. Going by the Constitution, elections must be called within 60 days.
It will not be that 'proper' to have it in November. The Election Commission needs about a month to make preparations. The Opposition is against it, especially PAS over its worries for the hajj season which will see at least 200,000 voters out of the scene.
November will also see the schools being used for SPM, SPVM and STPM examinations. As schools are the usual spots for polling, December is seen suitable - those performing the hajj have returned, school holidays have just started and the EC is fully-prepared.
But still, it will be monsoon. How are we going to prepare for a monsoon elections when some low areas are under water? Flood brings chaos and the government will have to attend to those affected first.
So, looks very unlikely.
Monsoon will go on until end January. Schools will be re-open and there will be no space to call for national poll.
Perhaps we can consider another factor here.
Just let the government completes its mandate until April. Its the mandate given by the voters, so there's nothing wrong with it.
When is the first session of the Parliament? March of April? As general elections are usually called after the dissolution of the first session of the Parliament, say by end of April, we can also go to the poll sometimes in early June.