EC: New electoral boundaries only after GE13

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  • Saturday, 18 Feb 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: The Election Commission (EC) will not carry out a redelineation of electoral boundaries until after the 13th general election, said Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof.

The EC chairman said the decision was made as the commission wanted to concentrate fully on efforts to ensure a smooth general election.

“It will not be carried out. The EC does not have many staff and we don't have the capacity to undertake both tasks simultaneously, namely the general election and redelineation. “If it (redelineation) is carried out, it must be completed within two years. We don't want a situation where if we carry out the redelineation exercise, Parliament is suddenly dissolved and this will pose a problem,” he said in an interview yesterday.

He said the exercise, which had been considered for implementation for the past two years, would only be held after the coming general election.

According to Article 113 (2) of the Federal Constitution, a new redelineation exercise can be carried out eight years after the expiry of the last redelineation of electoral boundaries, which was on March 21 last year. - Bernama

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