Judicial review filed over S’gor redelineation issue

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 22 Mar 2018

PETALING JAYA: A total of 107 individuals, together with Bersih 2.0, have filed for judicial review to challenge the ongoing redelineation process and the Election Commis­sion’s (EC) failure to conduct local inquiry sessions.

In a press conference here, Bersih 2.0 acting chairman Shahrul Aman said the 107 individuals represented over 10,000 voters in Selangor from 11 parliamentary constituencies and 16 state assembly constituencies.

Apart from the EC, the application also named Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia as respon­dents.

“This case was filed because the EC failed to conduct a local inquiry for the groups in this case, even though they submitted their objections,” he said, adding that the right to a local inquiry is provided for under Section 5 of the 13th Schedule of the Federal Constitu­tion.

Each applicant represents a group of more than 100 voters, which had submitted objections to the EC during the second recommendation exhibition on the proposed redelineation, held from Jan 15 to Feb 14 this year.

According to Shahrul, the EC did not inform them of the status of their representation or the local inquiry, despite them sending two official letters to the EC on Feb 28 and March 12.

The case filing is also to apply for a stay order over any tabling, discussion, debate or voting in Parliament regarding the final report of the redelineation exercise.

On March 9, the EC had announ­ced the completion of their redeli­neation study and presented the final report to the Prime Minister.

“If the Prime Minister tables the final redelineation report in Parlia­ment, and the Speaker allows it, it is not valid as the EC has not truly completed the second local inquiry for Selangor,” said Shahrul.

An applicant, Megat Shariffudin, appealed to the EC and the Government to delay the redelineation exercise.

“Keep the old lines. Let the people fairly assess the value of those who have served them for the last five years.

“This exercise can be done pro­perly after GE14,” he said.

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