UndiMsiaChats #2: Constituent Delineation – fair electoral borders, equal representation?

In mid-September, the Election Commission issued a notice that they would propose recommendations for a redelineation of constituency boundaries. How would the implementation of those recommendations influence Malaysia?

By organizing a series of #UndiMsia! chats, we want to find answers and unpack the issues of gerrymandering (Session 1), constituent delineation (Session 2) and discuss electoral reforms (Session 3).

Come join us for our second #UndiMsia talk on constituency delineation, with a representative from Tindak Malaysia, an organisation working towards a fair electoral system.

Constituency delineation? What’s behind that?

It generally refers to the (re-) drawing of electoral boundaries. Delineation all sounds very technical, BUT it has a very practical impact on the future of Malaysia.

Re-delineation can have a significant impact of an election’s outcome. By re-delineating, the majorities in a constituency can be shifted. By making a constituency bigger or smaller, your vote may actually loose or gain value.

Join us and Tindak Malaysia to find out the current state of electoral boundaries and how they may shift in the near future. Have a fruitful discussion on the fairness of this process and whether Malaysia applies international standards.

MEDIA STATEMENT: Moving of Voters across DUN and Parliament is against the Federal Constitution

Source: Bersih.org

The Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (BERSIH 2.0) calls for the Election Commission (EC) to explain why voters have been moved to a different DUN and Parliament constituency. This happened resulting from the recent “locality correction” exercise undertaken by the EC.

Preliminary analysis showed that 118,774 voters have been moved to a different DUN constituency, of which over 40,000 voters were also moved to a different Parliament constituency, although their address remains the same.

Example 1: 2,208 voters in Bandar Utama Batang Kali, Selangor were voters in the Batang Kali DUN in the 2013 General Elections. After the locality correction exercise, they have been moved to the Kuala Kubu Baharu DUN.

Example 2: 37 voters were voters in the Indera Mahkota Parliament constituency (Pahang) in the 2013 General Elections, but they have been moved to the Kemaman Parliamentary constituency (Terengganu).

The number of voters moved in several DUN and Parliament constituencies are large enough to affect the outcome of an election. The following are the top five DUNs and Parliament constituencies which has the highest number of voters’ movement: Read more

Sarawak delineation reveals ‘shocking’ results

Source: The Rakyat Post

Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah (left) during a joint press conference with the Malaysian Electoral Roll Analysis Project (Merap) today. — TRP pic by Daniel Chan

Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah (left) during a joint press conference with the Malaysian Electoral Roll Analysis Project (Merap) today. — TRP pic by Daniel Chan

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 21, 2016: The recent delineation exercise in Sarawak has revealed some shocking results, said Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah,  based on the analysis by the Malaysian Electoral Roll Analysis Project (Merap).

“Based on the voting trends observed in the 13th General Election, Barisan Nasional has a strong chance of winning 10 out of the 11 new seats created by the re-delineation exercise.

“This has created BN friendly seats while the average constituency there would shrink between 25% and 47%.

“There has been a worsening imbalance in the number of voters in each constituency, making a mockery of the one person one vote one value principle,” she said at a press conference here today. Read more

Apex court missed chance to rule on voters’ rights in redelineation, says Ambiga

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Datuk Ambiga Seenevasan says voters must be given adequate details before they could participate in an inquiry conducted by the Election Commission. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, October 15, 2015.

Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan says voters must be given adequate details before they could participate in an inquiry conducted by the Election Commission. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, October 15, 2015.

The Federal Court has missed an opportunity to address the rights of voters when the Election Commission conducts its delineation exercise for state and parliamentary seats, said Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan.

The former chairman of electoral reforms coalition Bersih 2.0 said it was expected that the court would have given leave to appeal to discuss constitutional issues under Article 113 and 13th Schedule of the Federal Constitution.

“We are disappointed that the apex court chose not to allow leave so that the merits of the appeal could have been argued,” said Ambiga.

The lawyer and activist expressed hope that the EC would do the “right thing” in its delineation exercises for Sabah and the peninsula. Read more

Federal Court rules Sarawak redelineation exercise valid

Source: The Malaysian Insider

The Federal Court has ruled that the Election Commission’s constituency redelineation exercise in Sarawak is valid. – Reuters pic, October 15, 2015.

The Federal Court today refused a Sarawak assemblyman and a voter leave to challenge the Election Commission’s constituency redelineation exercise on the grounds that the matter was now academic.

A ‎three-member panel chaired by Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif, in ‎upholding the Court of Appeal’s ruling that the EC’s notice of its redelineation of Sarawak’s electoral boundaries was valid, said even if leave was allowed on some of the 15 questions, there was no prospect of success.

“The applicants also failed to pass threshold of Section 96 of the Courts of Judicature Act 1964 even though they raised constitutional issues,” he said.

On August 7, the Court of Appeal overturned the Kuching High Court’s ruling on May 15 that the EC had to republish its notice as it lacked details. Read more