PUTRAJAYA: The proposed redelineation of parliamentary and state constituencies that was scheduled to be gazetted this month has been postponed to next year due to flooding in several states.
Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said the notice could not be gazetted this month as voters in flood affected areas would have problems reading the notices displayed at EC offices nationwide.
“Gazetting the notice at this moment would result in the EC being accused of being unfair to voters who are flood victims.
“So the EC has to choose a more suitable date – a media statement on the matter will be released at the appropriate time,” he said when contacted by Bernama here yesterday.
A Bernama report last month said the EC was expected to gazette the redelineation exercise notice by the end of the year.
According to Section 8 of the Federal Constitution’s Schedule 13, the final report on the proposals for all constituencies would be submitted to the Prime Minister less than two years from the date of the notice announcement for it to be tabled at Dewan Rakyat.
Upon approval by Dewan Rakyat, the report will be presented to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for his consent before it is gazetted. — Bernama
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