Ong: EC wasting everyone’s time in new voter objections

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DAP's Ong Kian Ming says Election Commission regulations allow it to strike off 'baseless and groundless' objections, which deprive legitimate voters their rights. Pic from FMT News.

DAP’s Ong Kian Ming says Election Commission regulations allow it to strike off ‘baseless and groundless’ objections, which deprive legitimate voters their rights. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: A visit to the Election Commission’s Selangor branch yesterday revealed the pure waste of time and resources by all concerned just to cater for the dubious objections against newly-registered voters, says Ong Kian Ming.

The DAP national election strategist had visited the EC’s Selangor branch in Shah Alam with his party colleague Lee Kee Hiong, who is also the state assemblyman for Kuala Kubu Baru, to observe the objection process yesterday.

“From our interviews with the newly-registered voters who were there, it was clear that the grounds for the objections against them were groundless and baseless,” Ong said in a statement released last night.

“Voters in the P103 Puchong parliament seat were objected to based on the reason of ‘pemilih diragui’ or ‘doubtful voter’ even though there was no further proof given as to why this voter was consider as ‘doubtful’. Read more

Anti-Trump resistance: A lesson for Malaysians

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DAP's Ong Kian Ming says strong institutions make vigorous checks and balances possible in the US. Pic from FMT News.

DAP’s Ong Kian Ming says strong institutions make vigorous checks and balances possible in the US. Pic from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming has urged Malaysians to learn from the resistance put up by the American media and civic groups against US President Donald Trump.

He said Malaysians should aspire to become like those Americans who were challenging the Trump administration.

“The civil societies and independent media are reacting to what Trump is doing and we can see the check and balance happening in his administration,” Ong said yesterday at a forum at the Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights in Bangsar.

The forum discussed an executive order that Trump signed on Monday to block citizens of six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. It was a revision of an earlier order that provoked protests at American airports and elsewhere and was ultimately blocked by a federal appeals court. Read more

Comparing M’sia’s malapportionment with other countries — Ong Kian Ming

Source: Malaysiakini

BY ONG KIAN MING

A Creative Commons image

A Creative Commons image

Two weeks after the national redelineation exercise since 13 years was announced, the Election Commission (EC) has come under fire for malapportionment.

Malapportionment entails having vast differences between the number of voters from one constituency to another.

This is unfair because it dilutes the value of votes in larger constituencies compared to smaller constituencies.

For example, after the redelineation, the parliamentary seat of Damansara (formerly Petaling Jaya Utara) which has 150,439 voters will only get to elect one MP to Parliament whereas Putrajaya, which only has 17,627 voters, will also get one MP.

While this example has been repeated often, it does not reflect the overall malapportionment as it is only a comparison between two extreme cases in a total of 222 parliamentary seats.

However, there is a formula that can explain the overall severity of malapportionment with a single value.

The higher this value is, the worse the malapportionment. The lower the value, the more equal the respective parliamentary seats are. Read more

EC chalks highest level of malapportionment since 1974 — Ong Kian Ming

Source: Malaysiakini

BY ONG KIAN MING

It has been two weeks since the controversial release by the Election Commission (EC) of the 2016 delimitation (redelineation) exercise.

Many individuals, political parties (including BN component parties) and NGOs have criticised the unfairness of this delimitation exercise on a number of grounds, including worsening the gap between the largest and smallest parliamentary seats and gerrymandering boundaries in order to help Umno win back marginal seats.

I have spent all my time analysing the detailed political impact of this delimitation exercise on each state and parliament seat in peninsular Malaysia and Sabah.

It is my intention to share my analysis to the public in a systematic manner so that public awareness on this delimitation exercise can be raised.

At the same time, I hope that this series of articles on the 2016 delimitation exercise can be used as reference material for academics and researchers, not just in Malaysia but also from abroad, who are interested in electoral gerrymandering and malapportionment.

In addition, I hope that some of this analysis can be referred to if anyone decides to take up a legal challenge against this delimitation exercise. Read more