Former Cameron Highlands MP Sivarraajh fails to quash EC ban

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Cameron Highlands MP Datuk C. Sivarraajh has failed to quash the Election Commission's (EC) decision that barred him from contesting or voting in any election for five years.

This came after he was found to have been involved in corrupt practices during the 14th General Election, that saw him winning his parliamentary seat.

High Court judge Justice Nordin Hassan said that the decision by the EC, which was conveyed through a letter dated Dec 28, 2018, was in accordance with the law.

In his decision on Thursday (Jan 10), Justice Nordin said that there was no illegality or irrationality with the EC's decision in barring Sivarraajh from partaking in elections in the future.

"Therefore the application for a judicial review by the applicant is dismissed," he said.

The court also ordered the applicant to pay RM5,000 in costs.

Earlier, Justice Nordin heard submissions from both parties.

Sivarraajh was represented by lawyer A. Vasanthi while Senior Federal Counsel Suzana Atan appeared for the EC.

On Nov 30 last year, Barisan Nasional's victory in the Cameron Highlands parliamentary seat in GE14 was nullified when the Election Court found elements of corruption during the campaign period.

High Court (Appellate and Special Powers) judge Justice Azizah Nawawi said the petitioner, DAP's M. Manogaran, had proven that bribery occurred during the polls.

Following the court decision, the EC made its ruling against Sivarraajh.

Sivarraajh later initiated a judicial review to challenge the decision of the EC prohibiting him from contesting in the Cameron Highlands by-election on Jan 26.