Redelineation report will result in increased ethnic segregation, group says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The 14th general election is due in four months and the EC’s current redelineation proposal is largely expected to be gazetted and be used in time for the national polls. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

PETALING JAYA, March 29 — The Election Commission’s redelineation report will result in increased ethnic segregations as it packs different races into different constituencies, a group has said.

Tindak Malaysia (TM) mapping adviser Danesh Prakash Chacko said this occured in Perak where Malay voters were moved into Barisan Nasional territories.

“Chinese voters are packed into Pakatan Harapan seats, while Indian voters are packed into marginally BN areas,” he told the Malay Mail.

Danesh said the Indian voters in Perak could be used to swing the tide, as certain seats have significant number of Indians.

“Another factor to swing the vote would be the Orang Asli, who traditionally favour BN, even though their areas are not affected by the redelineation exercise,” he said. Read more

Parliament passes controversial re-delineation report

Source: The Malaysian Insight

THE Dewan Rakyat has accepted the motion to redraw the electoral boundaries, which the opposition has repeatedly called a gerrymandering exercise to boost the ruling Barisan Nasional government’s chances in the coming general election.

The bill was passed after a bloc vote was called, with the final vote in favour of the current Barisan Nasional government.

BN used its majority and ensured the motion was carried with 129 votes for and 80 votes against. Read more

Anti-redelineation protesters march to Parliament against police orders

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (left) speaks during the Bersih 2.0 protest against the Election Commission’s electoral redelineation report in Kuala Lumpur March 28, 2018. ― Picture by Hari Anggara

KUALA LUMPUR, March 28 ― A few hundred people marched through a police barrier in front of Parliament to protest against the tabling of the Election Commission’s (EC) redelineation report today.

The protesters led by several Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders, including PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu, were stopped by another police barricade made up of Light Strike Force officers near the Parliament building bridge.

A group of 10 representatives were then allowed entry into Parliament for the memorandum submission, while the remainder held a sit-in protest outside the bridge around 11.40am. Read more

Sabah excluded from EC’s redelineation report despite state amendment to increase seats

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The 14th general election is due in four months and the EC’s current redelineation proposal is largely expected to be gazetted and be used in time for the national polls. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, March 28 ― The Election Commission (EC)’s redelineation report tabled today in Parliament did not include any recommendations for electoral boundary changes in Sabah.

This is despite the Sabah state government amending the state constitution in August 2016 to increase the amount of state assembly seats there from 60 seats to 73 seats, around the same time the EC started their redelineation study nationwide. Read more

Delineation: Courts can inquire into complaints, says lawyer

Source: Free Malaysia Today

PUTRAJAYA: The judiciary can declare the Election Commission’s (EC) exercise in redrawing the electoral boundaries as illegal if guidelines in the 13th Schedule of the Federal Constitution have not been followed, the Court of Appeal heard today.

Constitutional lawyer Cyrus Das said in Malaysia it was the constitution that was supreme and not Parliament.

He said the judiciary could not abdicate its powers to some other organs of the government under the doctrine of separation of powers.

“If a legal or constitutional objection is made, it is not for Parliament to decide based on a vote count but for the court to rule on law and facts,” Das said in his submission.

The Selangor government is appealing against a High Court ruling last year which dismissed the state’s judicial review application to challenge the EC’s exercise. Read more

Parliament sitting Monday, to focus on redelineations

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Malaysian Parliament sitting — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, March 3 — The first meeting, the sixth term and 13th parliament sitting, will begin on Monday with the election issue expected to dominate the Dewan Rakyat scheduled for 20 days until April 5.

The conference which will be opened by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V will attract the general public as it is said to be the last session before Parliament is dissolved to make way for the 14th General Elections (GE14), which many predicted would be held very soon.

This conference is also remarkable because the session was sitting until the sixth term, compared to the usual fifth term, before being dissolved for GE14.

However, it does not violate any regulation as the session of the 13th Parliament is not over and it will only be dissolved automatically when the five-year mandate of the Barisan Nasional-led government expires on June 24, 2018.

As highlighted, the “Review of the Boundaries of Parliamentary and State Election Divisions for Peninsular and Sabah” is expected to be among the key agenda that will warm up this session. Read more

Court allows EC to submit delimitation report to PM

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Today’s ruling could effectively render academic the Selangor government’s appeal to set aside a High Court’s ruling that declared the delimitation exercise in the state valid and constitutional, according to one of its lawyers. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

PUTRAJAYA, March 2 — The Election Commission (EC) today succeeded in throwing out Selangor’s bid to prevent its report on delimitation, also known as redelineation, from reaching the prime minister.

A three-man Court of Appeal panel led by Tan Sri Idrus Harun today ruled that restraining the EC would have blocked the commission from performing its constitutional duty and obstruct Parliament from receiving the report, hindering due process.

Today’s ruling could effectively render academic the Selangor government’s appeal to set aside a High Court ruling that declared the delimitation exercise in the state valid and constitutional, according to one of its lawyers.

The appeal will be heard on March 23. Read more

Selangor BN protests against EC’s second redelineation proposal

Source: The Malay Mail Online

SHAH ALAM, Feb 26 — The Selangor Barisan Nasional (BN) today lodged protests against the redelineation’s second proposal of the constituencies involving seven parliamentary constituencies to the Election Commission (EC).

The parliamentary constituencies were Tanjong Karang, Kuala Selangor, Subang, Kuala Langat, Gombak, Ampang and Serdang.

Selangor BN chairman Tan Sri Noh Omar said among the protests was related to the transfer of the Sawah Sempadan District Voting Centre (PDM) under the Sungai Burong State seat to the Permatang state seat which were both within the Tanjong Karang Parliamentary constituency.

The excuse for the EC’s second recommendation was that the transfer of the PDM was to balance the number of voters in the two state constituencies was debatable, Noh, who is also the Tanjong Karang MP, told reporters after a protest hearing session to the EC here today. Read more

EC: Federal Court’s decision proves redelineation exercise constitutional

Source: The Malay Mail Online

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 21 — The Federal Court’s decision on Monday on the redelineation of electoral boundaries is proof that the exercise had fulfilled all the principles and requirements as contained in the Federal Constitution, says Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Mohd Hashim Abdullah.

“The decision is a judicial recognition of the division of powers between the executive, legislative and judiciary in line with the doctrine of separation of powers which is the practice in this country,” he said in a statement here today. Read more

Train lawyers as polling agents to fight fraud, Ambiga tells opposition

Source: The Malaysian Insight

Ambiga Sreenevasan speaks during a public forum on examining issues relating to malapportionment, gerrymandering and electoral fraud in Kuala Lumpur today. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Farhan Nazmi, February 20, 2018.

OPPOSITION parties should train lawyers to be their polling agents as they are well-versed with the law and could be “tough enough” to stand up for their candidates, said Ambiga Sreenevasan.

The National Human Rights Society (Hakam) chairperson spoke of her experience running an election watchdog in the 2013 general election, and said lawyers as polling agents would be able to detect fraud.

“I strongly urge all candidates to get good, tough election agents because they are the ones who make a difference,” she told a forum in Kuala Lumpur today.

She said the opposition lost a lot of ground in GE13 because the polling agents, counting agents and election agents were not tough enough or did not know enough.

“Some of the seats were lost because they were not asserting the rights of their candidates,” said Ambiga, who was former co-chairperson of Bersih, a civil society group advocating for free and fair elections. Read more