Bersih eyes more lawsuits as redelineation objection window narrows

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Source: The Malay Mail Online

Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah was recently reported as saying that one of her group’s challenges in court would be to compel to EC to release land mass data for the constituencies. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah was recently reported as saying that one of her group’s challenges in court would be to compel to EC to release land mass data for the constituencies. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

PETALING JAYA, Oct 13 — Electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 is planning to file at least two more lawsuits against the Election Commission (EC)’s redelineation exercise, with just over a day left before public objections will no longer be accepted.

“There will be two more court cases by the end of this week,” said Bersih steering committee member Wong Chin Huat during a forum redelineation here yesterday.

Public objections for the redelineation exercise close at 5.00 pm on Friday, October 14.

The EC would have to conduct hearings if it receives objections from state governments, local authorities, or groups with at least 100 registered voters from each constituency by the time the objection period closes.

Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah was recently reported as saying that one of her group’s challenges in court would be to compel to EC to release land mass data for the constituencies.

Land mass data for the constituencies were previously only released to the Parliament when the new electoral boundaries are up for gazette.

Previously, Bersih also filed court challenges but ultimately failed to stop the redelineation exercise for Sarawak.

However, the court challenges and public objections caused the ratification of the whole process to take 11 months, before the state elections were held in May this year.