Tuesday, January 27, 2015

EC gets several objections on Sarawak redelineation

2:45PM Jan 26, 2015
By Adrian Wong
With less than 10 days before the objection period for the Sarawak redelineation expires, Election Commission (EC) chief Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof revealed that the commission has received a number of protests.

The objection period against the EC's proposed boundaries for Sarawak started on Jan 5 and would end on Feb 4.

The EC had proposed an increase of 11 state constituencies for Sarawak, bringing the total to 82.

"About 10, I think," the electoral body chief toldMalaysiakini when quizzed on the exact number of objections.

He said the EC would table all the challenges to the panel to determine if the conditions of hearing are met.

"For example, (whether)100 people (objectors) are from the same constituency or so on, according to the Federal Constitution.

"As far as possible, we would like to meet them," he added.

Electoral watchdog Bersih complained that the EC has put up incomplete maps with only boundaries and without crucial information such as district polling stations.

Under the Federal Constitution, a registered voter from the wrong constituency may render the remaining 99 participants useless.

Meanwhile, Abdul Aziz said the EC has not discussed the Sabah redelineation despite reports suggesting the state would see an increase of seven state seats this time.

As for the redelineation process for the Peninsula, he said it would take place "most likely this year".

He declined to comment if the process would see an increase in parliamentary seats.

The commission has yet to present its redrawn maps for federal seats in Sarawak. The federal election is only due in 2018.

~ Malaysiakini

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