The Federal Court today dismissed an application by PAS, DAP, and PKR to nullify the results for the 222 Parliamentary seats in the 2013 general election following questionable conducts by the Election Commission (EC).
Chief Justice Arifin Zakaria,who led the five-member bench, ruled that the matter raised is inextricably related to the conduct of elections and therefore falls under Article 118 of the Federal Constitution.
"Hence, we dismiss the suit," he said, in not allowing the application for leave to appeal.
What the judgment means is that any challenge or allegation of misconduct of elections must be done through election petitions and presided over by an election judge.
The other judges on the panel were Court of Appeal president Justice Md Raus Sharif, and Federal Court judges Abdull Hamid Embong, Hasan Lah, and Zainun Ali.
The three opposition parties filed the suit to challenge the EC’s conduct of the 13th general elections, especially on the issue of the questionable usage of the indelible ink which could be washed off.