Judge hears AGC’s objection against bid by 48 voters

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 7 Mar 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) has objected to an attempt by 48 voters in the Segamat parliamentary constituency to challenge the insertion of 949 voters into the supplementary electoral roll of the third quarter of 2017.

The 48 voters’ lawyer Michelle Ng told reporters after meeting High Court judge Justice Kamaludin Said in chambers that the AGC’s ground was that once an electoral roll was gazetted, it could not be challenged.

She said the court had fixed March 8 for decision on whether to allow the objection.

Senior Federal Counsel Muzila Arshad appeared for the respon­dents – the Election Commission (EC), Johor registrar of EC Shafie Taib and Segamat adjudicating officer Miswan Yunus.

On Feb 21, the Court of Appeal overturned a High Court decision to grant leave to the 48 voters to start their judicial review proceedings.

A three-man bench comprising Justices Idrus Harun, Zaleha Yusof and Kamardin Hashim allowed the appeal by the EC and Shafie to set aside the High Court’s decision.

However, the 48 voters filed a second judicial review on Feb 26 and named EC, Shafie and Miswan as the respondents.

The voters are seeking to quash the insertion and retention of the 949 names in the additional electo­ral roll.

The applicants are seeking a declaration that the insertion and retention of the names were unconstitutional.

They are seeking a stay of the certification, gazetting and enforcement of the insertion and retention of the names into the electoral roll pending disposal of the judicial review application.

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