Maria seeks leave to challenge EC’s redelineation exercise


  • Nation
  • Friday, 14 Oct 2016

KUALA LUMPUR: Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah (pic) is applying to the High Court for leave to initiate judicial review proceedings to challenge the Election Commission’s redelineation exercise.

She said that it is also a representative action on behalf of voters in the Petaling Jaya Utara parliamentary constituency who are also against the redelineation exercise.

In her application, Maria said she is a valid and registered voter in the Petaling Jaya Utara parliamentary constituency and the Damansara Utama state constituency in Selangor.

High Court (Appellate and Special Powers) judge Justice Hanipah Farikullah set Nov 22 to hear a preliminary objection by the EC against the application for leave.

Speaking to reporters here after the parties met the judge in chambers Friday, Senior Federal Counsel Datuk Amarjeet Singh said they will file an affidavit to support the preliminary objection.

Maria’s lead counsel Syahredzan Johan said they plan to apply for a stay of the whole redelineation exercise once they succeed in getting leave to initiate the judicial review.

Maria is asking the court to strike out the decision of the EC in issuing its notice dated Sept 15 for the proposed redelineation exercise for all parliamentary and state seats.

She is seeking a declaration that the exercise conducted by the EC through the notice is invalid.

She also wants a declaration that information on the land mass for each constituency has to be provided to the public.

Apart from that, Maria is seeking a declaration that she and Petaling Jaya Utara voters have an interest to object over the EC’s notice and are entitled to receive the relevant information based on Article 10(1)(a) of the Federal Constitution.

She is also asking for the court to direct the EC to release the information to her.

Maria named the EC as the sole respondent in the application filed on Oct 10.

In her grounds to support the application, Maria said the EC’s decision in issuing the notice is unreasonable and wrong under the law and in contradiction with the Federal Constitution.

She said there is also procedural impropriety in the decision-making.
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