The Election Commission (EC) should explain why it’s widening the voter disparity in Selangor, if there was no intention to benefit Umno, said DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang in a statement.
EC Chairman Mohd Hashim Abdullah should also explain why he had abandoned his predecessor’s stress on the Constitution and the democratic principle of “one man, one vote, one value”, he added. “There should be no super-size parliamentary constituencies.”
Lim, also Gelang Patah MP and DAP Parliamentary Leader, was referring to former EC Chairman Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof on the principles to be observed in re-delineation.
“A constituency with a large number of votes, more than 100,000, has to be divided into two, to ensure good service from elected representatives,” Lim quoted the former EC Chief as saying.
The DAP leader charged the EC’s present redelineation was unconstitutional.
He referred to the Thirteenth Schedule of the Constitution. It stipulates that in any redelineation, “the number of electors within each constituency in a state ought to be approximately equal”.
The only exception was the greater difficulty of reaching electors in the country districts and other disadvantages facing rural constituencies. In that case, a measure of weightage ought to be given.
Again, the weightage for urban-rural constituencies should constantly be closed, not widened, continued Lim. “In the proposed redelineation, the weightage was being widened.”
He cited Selangor as an example.
The voter disparity, he pointed out, had widened from the gap during the 13th General Election in 2013.
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