The rumours of a snap election in Johor came true after the Menteri Besar of Johor, Datuk Hasni Mohammad announced that the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar has agreed for the dissolution of the Johor State Legislative Assembly (DUN) to hold a fresh State Election soon.
In a post on the ruler’s official Facebook page, the dissolution of Johor DUN was granted after an audience with the Johor Menteri Besar at 5 p.m. at Istana Bukit Serene yesterday (22 January).
Following this, the Election Commission is expected to be announcing the date of the Johor State Election soon.
An election must be held within 60 days of the dissolution, which means that it must take place on or before March 23.
Since December 2021, there had been rumours floating around regarding UMNO’s push for a State Election after the death of Bersatu’s Kempas Assemblyman Datuk Osman Sapian, leading the coalition to have a razor-thin advantage of only 1 seat.
Yesterday (21 January), Hasni met with Johor UMNO party leaders in a meeting to discuss the dissolution of the Johor DUN in which the party reached a consensus to push for a State Election in Johor.
Before his audience with Sultan Iskandar, Hasni also met up with the State’s Executive Committee to discuss the matter.
Two other states also saw recent snap elections, with the ruling state government of both states successfully managing to defend their position.
In Melaka, the state election was held on 20 November and Barisan Nasional had won a whopping 21 of the 28 seats contested, while PH claiming five seats and PN garnering only two seats.
On the other hand, in Sarawak, the state election that was held on 18 December saw the ruling Gabungan Parti Sarawak’s return to power with a landslide victory of 76 out of the 82 seats among the constituencies.
Opposition party Parti Sarawak Bersatu won four seats, while DAP won two seats.