Lawyers: EC can’t finish Peninsula redelineation without Selangor, Melaka inquiries

Source: The Malay Mail Online

In a statement, electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 welcomed the decision, but said the suspension should not be limited to the state. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, May 14 — The Election Commission (EC) cannot push ahead and seek Parliament’s nod for its redelineation exercise of Peninsular Malaysia without hearing out objections from Selangor and Melaka, lawyers have said.

But the voting regulator will still be able to hold local inquiries as part of the redelineation exercise in other states in Peninsular Malaysia, where the EC is not currently barred by the courts from doing so.

Lawyer Andrew Khoo noted that the two existing court orders — which requires the EC to defer local inquiries in Selangor and Melaka until the end of lawsuits challenging the allegedly unconstitutional redelineation proposals — would only hold up the entire redelineation process. Read more

EC: We will continue inquiries for Peninsula redelineation, only barred in two states

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, May 14 — The Election Commission (EC) can and will continue to hold local inquiries — a crucial part of the redelineation process — in Peninsular Malaysia states where there are no court orders to block such hearings.

EC chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah said two existing court orders only requires the voting regulator to pause its local inquiries in Selangor and Melaka.

“There is no stay order granted against EC to stop the local inquiry except in Selangor and Melaka. EC can proceed with the rest.

“The stay orders granted only for Selangor and Melaka, and do not apply to the whole Tanah Melayu. We will proceed accordingly,” he said in a written response to Malay Mail Online when contacted yesterday. Read more