Election Commission report on new seats soon

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 16 Jan 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: The Election Commission will submit a report on the newly created parliamentary and state seats to the Prime Minister next month, whereby the proposals are expected to be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat in March. 

The exercise was expected to be completed by then, said commission secretary Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar, adding that the commission would “verify” that it had been done in accordance with the constitutional requirements. 

He also said the second stage of display of the updated rolls for the current 504 state and 194 parliamentary seats and the proposed extra seats would be conducted nationwide beginning today.  

It would be displayed for a month before it is submitted to the Government for clearance. 

The latest electoral roll is the second exercise after the first public electoral display was published in October. 

“During the display, the political parties and the public can study them and voice their objections,” Wan Ahmad said in a telephone interview yesterday. 

He said the commission would hear any complaints regarding the new roll during the period. 

However, the final decision would lie with the commission, he said. 

Asked whether the general election might be declared after the report was submitted, Wan Ahmad said: “It does not mean that the elections are near.” 

“The verification exercise normal process,” he said. 

In August, the commission announced proposals for 25 new parliamentary and 59 state seats, the majority of which are in Johor, Sabah and Selangor.  

Kedah, Terengganu, Perlis and Sarawak will not see an increase in either parliamentary or state seats, whereas Kelantan will get two additional state seats. 

With the proposed new boundaries, the Dewan Rakyat has been expanded to 219 seats while the state legislative assemblies have increased their total to 563 seats. 

It was reported previously that the commission and the National Registration Department were finalising the details of voters’ addresses and notices would be mailed out to more than 10 million voters over the next few months.  

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