Mahathir suggests GE be held in 2023 due to Covid-19 situation

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Mahathir suggests GE be held in 2023 due to Covid-19 situation
Mahathir suggests GE be held in 2023 due to Covid-19 situation

Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad suggested for the general election to be held after the current Parliament term ends in 2023.

Taking into account the current pandemic situation in the country, Mahathir warned there will be another Covid-19 wave should any election take place.

He reminded all parties about the Covid-19 spike after the Sabah state snap polls in September last year, which should serve as a lesson to parties involved.

"I think if we want to have an election amid the Covid-19 situation, we have to monitor the development (of the outbreak) first.

"That's why even after the emergency order is lifted, we cannot have an election. We have to wait until 2023," he said in an interview with Utusan Malaysia.

He noted that the country has to be careful as there are many notable Covid-19 variants in the world now.

Previously, when announcing the emergency, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said the general election will be held as soon as an independent committee affirms that the pandemic has subsided.

Coordinating Minister for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Khairy Jamaluddin suggested it is possible for the election to be held as early as September once half of the population has been inoculated.

Senior minister Mohamed Azmin Ali had said the general election is due in 2023, dismissing rife speculations that the election will be held this year.