Electoral reform group Bersih 2.0 is dissatisfied with the Election Commissions’ explanation that some 118,000 voters nationwide were transferred out of their constituencies to “rectify an administrative error”, its chairman Maria Chin Abdullah said.
She said this was the reply obtained from the EC in response to the group which had submitted details on the transfer of voters from their respective constituencies.
“We are not satisfied with the explanation and will act on it. However, we are not going to reveal our strategy yet,” she told FMT.
She added that it was unconstitutional for the EC to move voters without going through a redelineation exercise.
Bersih 2.0, in submitting data on the movements to the EC on July 1, alleged that 118,774 voters were moved to different state constituencies, with 40,000 voters moved to different parliamentary constituencies.
On July 22, 15 voters filed a grievance with the EC for allegedly moving them from their voting constituencies without informing them.
These were voters who had been transferred to the Kuala Kubu Baru state constituency despite voting in the neighbouring Batang Kali constituency for the past three general elections.
The DAP won the Kuala Kubu Baru state seat with a 1,702-vote majority in the last general election while Barisan Nasional won Batang Kali with a 5,398-vote majority.
Meanwhile, an EC official said it was empowered to move voters under section 7 of the Election Act 1958.
“We can transfer voters at any time and that includes before a delineation exercise,” the official said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media.
The official said the conflict arose because Bersih 2.0 was adamant that voters could only be shifted during and after electoral boundaries were redrawn for state or parliamentary seats.