KOTA ISKANDAR: Johor Speaker Suhaizan Kayat has officially informed the Election Commission (EC) of the dissolution of the state assembly.

He presented a one-page letter to Johor EC director Nor Nekman Jaimon at a simple ceremony at his office here at 4pm yesterday.

Suhaizan said he has received the dissolution document, which was signed by Johor Ruler, Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, from State Secretary Datuk Azmi Rohani.

“The EC will set a date for nomination and polling in Johor within 60 days,” said Suhaizan, adding that he will remain as Speaker until a new government is elected and a new speaker takes his oath in the state assembly.

He said the state assembly is considered dissolved the moment Sultan Ibrahim signed the document on Saturday evening.

There are a total of 56 state seats in Johor.

The previous state government had a simple majority with 28 seats against Pakatan Harapan’s 27, while one seat was left vacant after former mentri besar, Datuk Osman Sapian, who was Kempas assemblyman, passed away on Dec 21 last year.