Redelineation: Selangor to go to apex court despite impending GE14

Source: Free Malaysia Today

State government tells lawyers to file application to obtain leave to challenge the Election Commission in the Federal Court, but the legal battle could be scuttled if BN recaptures Selangor.

Election Commission’s redelineation report 2018. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: The Selangor government will file an appeal in the Federal Court to challenge the Election Commission’s (EC) exercise in redrawing electoral boundaries despite the possibility of the 14th general election (GE14) being held in a month or two.

Lawyer Latheefa Koya said the state had given the nod to file the legal papers to obtain leave to appeal in the Federal Court by the end of the month.

“We have been given the green light to file the leave application and will submit the legal questions in order for the apex court to grant approval to hear the merit of the case,” she told FMT. Read more

EC: Copy of review of electoral boundaries report now available online

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Election Commission’s redelineation report 2018. Pic from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR, March 31 — A copy of the report on the review of the electoral boundaries, approved by the Dewan Rakyat on March 28 can be downloaded from the Election Commission (EC) official website, beginning today (March 31).

In a statement today, EC chairman Tan Sri Mohd Hashim Abdullah said following approval by the Dewan Rakyat, and subsequently receiving the royal consent, the report was gazetted, effective March 29, in accordance with the provisions of Section 12, Part II, Thirteenth Schedule, of the Federal Constitution.

“The public can download a copy of the review of electoral boundaries report on the recommendations for federal and state election divisions from the EC’s official website, www.spr.gov.my starting today,” he said.

The updates on the polling districts have also been carried out by the EC, and it was gazetted yesterday, in accordance with the provisions of Section 7 (1) and (2) of the Election Act 1958 [Act 19]. — Bernama

Selangor fails again in bid to challenge redelineation

Source: Free Malaysia Today

Election Commission’s redelineation report 2018. Pic from FMT News.

PUTRAJAYA: The Selangor government has again failed to challenge the Election Commission’s (EC) exercise in redrawing electoral boundaries for the 14th general election (GE14).

In a unanimous decision, a three-man bench chaired by Ahmadi Asnawi today dismissed the state’s appeal, a day after the Dewan Rakyat passed a motion to approve the EC’s recommendations.

Justice Vernon Ong Lam Kiat, who delivered the oral judgment, said the EC’s proposals could not be challenged in court by way of a judicial review.

“The proper forum is to go to the local inquiry to challenge the EC’s proposals,” he said.

He added that any act or omission by the EC was not amenable to judicial review under Order 53 of the Rules of the High Court.

Ong said the court could, however, receive and hear complaints if any objections were not heard in a local inquiry. Read more

Redelineation: 18 parliament seats in Selangor to see changes

Source: Free Malaysia Today

The EC’s redelineation proposals will affect 18 of Selangor’s 22 parliament seats. Besides the transfer of voters and polling districts, the EC has also proposed a name change for five parliament and nine state constituencies in Selangor.

Election Commission’s redelineation report 2018. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: The electoral boundary changes recommended by the Election Commission (EC) in its redelineation report for Selangor will affect 18 of its 22 parliament seats.

Of the 18 seats, only two are currently held by Barisan Nasional (BN).

The rest are represented by PKR (9), DAP (4), Amanah (2) and PAS (1).

The BN seats are Tanjong Karang and Kuala Selangor while PKR-controlled seats are Selayang, Gombak, Ampang, Pandan, Subang, Kelana Jaya, Kapar, Kuala Langat and Petaling Jaya Selatan.

DAP has Petaling Jaya Utara, Puchong, Klang and Serdang, while the sole parliament seat represented by PAS is Hulu Langat. Two other seats won by PAS in the last general election (GE13) but whose MPs have since crossed over to Amanah are Shah Alam and Kota Raja. Read more

Crossing the line — Lim Li Ann

Source: New Mandala

BY LIM LI ANN

Are electoral boundaries being redrawn in Malaysia to stifle the opposition vote?

IMAGE CREDIT: FIRDAUS LATIF

IMAGE CREDIT: FIRDAUS LATIF

On 15 September 2016, Malaysia’s Election Commission (EC) announced the results of its redelineation review exercise. Redelineation is the redrawing of electoral boundaries, with the purpose of balancing voter populations between constituencies. If passed in Parliament, this would mark the country’s seventh redelineation since independence in 1957, and its first in 13 years. This time around, redelineation has worsened the inequality between differently sized constituencies, and appears biased towards the federal government.

Earlier this year, the Perceptions of Electoral Integrity Survey ranked Malaysia as having low to very low electoral integrity, and the third worst country in Asia. This latest proposal will only make things worse.

Malaysia’s electoral system has been historically unfair. The Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, ruling since independence, have consistently gained seats disproportionately more than the popular vote suggests it deserves. Mathematically, the opposition experiences the opposite.  (Refer to Graph 1)

In other words, the value of each vote for the BN is worth more than a vote cast to any party outside the BN alliance. During the last general election, one vote to BN was worth 1.2645  votes (based on the percentage of seats won divided by popular vote), while a vote to then-opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat was worth 0.7621 votes. With this, the BN coalition won the elections with 60 per cent of parliamentary seats, despite losing the popular vote at 47 per cent.

As of the 2016 redelineation review, Selangor comprises 22 parliamentary seats and a total electorate size of 2,078,311 people. Read more

Many against EC’s new lines

Source: The Star Online

Infographic by Merdeka Center

Infographic by Merdeka Center

PETALING JAYA: More than a hundred objections – probably the lar­gest number ever – have been filed against the Election Commis­sion’s controversial redelineation of state and parliament seats ahead of the next general election.

State governments, local authorities and groups of 100 or more vo­ters – including those organised by poli­tical parties – are allowed to submit objections. The deadline for doing so was yesterday.

The EC’s proposal to alter the boundaries in 128 of the 222 Par­liament seats has drawn flak from parties and voters who claim the move strengthens mono ethnic majority seats while reducing ethnically mixed seats, thus further sharpening racial polarisation.

It has also been criticised for wi­dening the size gap between seats instead of narrowing them.

The numbers of objections was described by former EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rahid Abdul Rahman as possibly the biggest in a redelineation exercise, which by law can only be done once every eight years. Read more

EC: No favouritism in EC redelineation

Source: FMT

Election Commission chairman says the authority to approve the EC recommendations rests with Dewan Rakyat and MPs can debate the matter in the august house.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Election Commission (EC) today dismissed allegations that the redelineation of electoral boundaries in Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah favoured certain quarters.

EC Chairman Mohd Hashim Abdullah said today the EC discharged its duties and responsibilities as provided for in the Federal Constitution.

The authority to approve the EC recommendations rested with the Dewan Rakyat and the MPs could debate the matter in the august house, he said in a statement.

Mohd Hashim said the EC would not respond to the allegations on its recommendations because they were just that – recommendations.

The recommendations, which were being displayed to obtain feedback from the public, were not final as they were subject to local inquiry to evaluate objections and representations and they must have the approval of the Dewan Rakyat, he said.

The EC had conducted a redelineation of parliamentary and state electoral boundaries in Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah beginning Sept 15. Read more