Tuesday, October 18, 2016

S'gor gov't to challenge EC's redelineation in court

 Kow Gah Chie     Published     Updated
The Selangor government will challenge the Election Commission's proposed redelineation in court, Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali said today.
The state government wants the Kuala Lumpur High Court to quash the EC's notice and recommendations for the redelineation exercise, said the PKR deputy president.

"We are giving you notice that the state government will file an application for judicial review either by this evening or latest by tomorrow," Azmin told a press conference today.

Based on the preliminary finding, he said, the state government's team of experts found evidence that the redelineation exercise was unconstitutional.

It violated Article 113 and Section 2(a), 2(b), 2(c) and 2(d) of the Thirteenth Schedule of the Federal Constitution, which stipulated that constituencies be approximately equal-sized, according to Azmin.

He said the exercise demonstrated malapportionment, gerrymandering and was against Selangor's multicultural spirit.

"The society and voters in Selangor have enjoyed harmonious working relationships for decades. The EC is coming in and trying to destroy this by pushing one race to one particular area and bringing different races to another area.

"This is not healthy for Selangor and Malaysia. In order for us to move forward, we have to work as one community that has mutual respect (for one another) and that is the success story for Selangor," he said.
On top of that, he said the information that the EC gave was not sufficient for voters to exercise their right to submit their objection.
"We want the court to order EC to conduct the exercise in accordance to the Federal Constitution," he said.

"We are also applying for the court to issue an order to prohibit the EC's inquiry process until the case is heard in court.

"We have a strong case."

The EC published its redelineation proposal in newspapers on Sept 15 and allowed voters to object within a month from its publication.

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