Wednesday, March 27, 2013

After Santiago, Nurul Izzah hauls EC to court on electoral roll


UPDATED @ 02:51:46 PM 27-03-2013
BY BOO SU-LYN
MARCH 27, 2013
Nurul Izzah’s court challenge comes after Klang MP Charles Santiago recently lost his bid at the Shah Alam High Court to review the gazetted electoral roll for his constituency. - File picPETALING JAYA, March 27 — Nurul Izzah Anwar filed a judicial review against the Election Commission (EC) at the Kuala Lumpur High Court yesterday to compel it to clean up the Lembah Pantai electoral roll.
Edmund Bon, lawyer for the Lembah Pantai MP said today that there were at least 4,637 voters with incomplete addresses, 133 voters who were not Lembah Pantai residents, and three dead voters, totaling 4,773 dubious names, or 7 per cent, out of 71,000 voters registered on the Lembah Pantai electoral roll gazetted in the third quarter of 2012.
“Under Section 25(2)(g) of the Elections (Regulation of Electors) Regulations 2002, the chief registrar may, at any time, make changes to the electoral roll,” said Bon at a joint press conference with Nurul Izzah at the PKR headquarters here today.
“How can the chief registrar allow these people to be registered?
“We’re purely challenging the failure to act administratively,” he added, referring to the chief registrar of the EC.
Nurul Izzah’s court challenge comes after Klang MP Charles Santiago recently lost his bid at the Shah Alam High Court to review the gazetted electoral roll for his constituency.
The court had said that Section 9(A) of the Elections Act 1958 prevented a court review of the roll once it was gazetted.
Bon pointed out today that in Santiago’s judicial review application, the DAP lawmaker did not mention Section 25(2)(g) of the Elections (Regulation of Electors) Regulations.
“When we use Rule 25(2)(g), we’re saying it’s an administrative action that the chief registrar has not done,” said the human rights lawyer.
Bon said the questionable voters were registered on the main electoral roll for 2011 and the supplementary roll for the second quarter of 2012.
Nurul Izzah’s suit named the chief registrar of the EC as the first respondent, and the EC, the National Registration Department (JPN) and the Malaysian government as the subsequent respondents.
“The federal government has been sued with JPN because the EC constantly blames JPN for not updating records,” said Bon.
Nurul Izzah said that an additional 2,000 voters were expected to be registered in the Lembah Pantai electoral roll for the fourth quarter of 2012, totalling about 73,000 voters.
“We had 50,000 voters in 2008,” said the PKR vice-president.
Opposition researchers have claimed there are tens of thousands of phantom voters registered on the electoral rolls, including for Sabah and Selangor, two key states capable of tilting the outcome of Election 2013.
The EC has denied the allegations, arguing that the high percentage of discrepancies in the voter roll was “normal”.
Election 2013, which will be held in weeks, is expected to be the most keenly contested election in recent times, with analysts saying that the outcome is in doubt for the first time in Malaysian history after the historic 2008 general election that saw Barisan Nasional (BN) lose its two-thirds parliamentary majority.
~ The Malaysian Insider

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