Pakatan Harapan seeks Bar Council's help to object redelineation exercise


  • Nation
  • Monday, 19 Sep 2016

PETALING JAYA: The Pakatan Harapan coalition is seeking Bar Council’s help to object the proposal by the Election Commission (EC) to alter the electoral boundaries of parliamentary and state constituencies.  

“The Bar Council is currently preparing a guideline on methods to object the redelineation proposal.  

“It will also be ready to take legal action should the need arises," said Pakatan Harapan secretariat chief Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah (pic) at a press conference here Monday.  

He said this was one of 10 recommendations decided after the Pakatan Harapan secretariat meeting.  

Saifuddin also said the coalition would join other non-governmental organisations such as Tindak Malaysia and Bersih 2.0 to protest against the proposed redelineation exercise by the EC.  

“The redelineation exercise is unconstitutional, unfair, and involves gerrymandering that is excessive and is not open to the participation of the voters to object,” he said, claiming that the move would only benefit Barisan National.  

Also present at the press conference were Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming, Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad and Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tzin who represented DAP, Amanah and Keadilan respectively.  

Saifuddin also said that all Pakatan Harapan MPs would write to the EC and ask for a map of each of their constituencies which would be affected by the proposed redelineation exercise.  

"Getting the map is an issue as without the map, it is very difficult to object,” he said.  

He said they were also in support of Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli to negotiate with other MPs to have a Private Member’s Bill to separate the powers of the EC to an independent Boundary Commission.  

The other recommendations include a petition to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, organising a public roadshow to explain the importance of objecting the redelineation exercise, and objections by local authorities.

 

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