Hornbill Unleashed

December 30, 2013

Is the EC fair and independent in serving Malaysians?

Filed under: Election,Human rights,Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 12:00 AM
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Ng Kee Seng

In trying to mend its tattered image and show that it is independent, the Election Commission (EC) now proposes to cap the maximum number of voters in a parliamentary seat at 100,000.

EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof cited the Thirteenth Schedule of the Federal Constitution to justify its upcoming redelineation exercise, where the number of voters in a constituency should not be too high and hamper elected representatives in carrying out their duties.

However, for the EC to carry out a redelineation to increase the number of seats, it must get a two-thirds majority approval in Parliament. But the super BN-friendly EC does not have that luxury after the 12th and 13th general elections.

The BN lost its traditional two-thirds majority in both national polls. The question is: Will the opposition MPs trust the EC to conduct the exercise fairly?

The only way for the EC to get that approval is to come up with a full-proof proposal satisfying the opposition that it cannot indulge in gerrymandering to give BN the edge in a general or by-election.

On that count, the EC has failed miserably in an apparent image damage control exercise amid allegations of gerrymandering and unfair distribution of voters.

The EC’s proposal to cap the number of voters in a parliamentary seat is meaningless as far as gerrymandering is concerned. It must also set the minimum number of voters to a constituency for both the parliamentary and state seats.

Failing to do that, the EC can still wantonly create seats with suspiciously low voter count, especially in rural areas, and give the winning edge to the ruling BN government.

Is the EC trying to fool Malaysians?

Abdul Aziz was quoted by Umno’s mouthpiece Utusan Malaysia on Dec 26 as saying the EC had already recruited Department of Survey and Mapping officers to prepare a report for the redelineation exercise to be presented in Parliament next year.

He said the EC would soon receive the allocation in Budget 2014 to start the exercise.

Abdul Aziz also said the MPs would have the final say on whether the number of parliamentary and state seats would be increased by carving them up.

Under whatever regulated electoral system one chooses to call to determine fair elections, to the man on the street, any party of coalition having won the popular vote should govern.

Something must be very wrong in an electoral system if winning the majority support of Malaysians does not secure one the right to govern.

Taking P.125 Putrajaya as the benchmark, the EC had carved it out as a parliamentary seat with only 15,355 registered voters in GE13.

Of the total 222 parliamentary seats, 97 constituencies have more than 60,000 registered voters. That’s 43.7 per cent of seats having about four times the number of Putrajaya voters.

That is why winning the popular vote does not get a party or coalition into Putrajaya. That’s, plain and simple, unfair distribution of voters.

A study of the GE13 electoral roll also showed that 14 parliamentary constituencies have more than 100,000 registered voters each with another 13 having more than 90,000 voters each.

Only two states, Perlis and Sabah, do not have seats with more than 60,000 voters. Terengganu is the only state with all its eight parliamentary seats having more than 60,000 voters.

So, is the EC fair and independent in serving Malaysians?

1 Comment »

  1. This EC is rotten and corrupt to the core. With all the phantom voters, illegal voters, gerrymandering, fake ink, fake ballots and blackouts, who can trust these scumbags?

    Comment by Sharpshooter — December 30, 2013 @ 8:26 AM | Reply

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