Hornbill Unleashed

September 23, 2016

PKR to gather voters nationwide to protest against redelineation

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

azmin-ali-sprPKR will mobilise at least 100 voters in contentious constituencies outside Selangor and Penang, where it does not hold power, to protest against the “unfair” redelineation proposals by the Election Commission (EC).

Its deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali said this would be done before the 30-day deadline that expires on Oct 14.

“We feel the EC has violated all principles provided in the Federal Constitution on the redrawing of boundaries,” he told reporters after opening the RM28.9 million flyover linking the LDP to Puchong Utama and Batu 14 here.

Selangor and Penang are under Pakatan Rakyat and both state governments and local authorities could file complaints to the EC.

The third option is for at least 100 voters to protest against EC’s suggestions.

Azmin, who is also Selangor Menteri Besar, said the redelineation exercise in the state was a threat to racial unity.

Eighteen of the 22 parliamentary seats in Selangor are affected.

Azmin, who today celebrated his second year as MB, said the state government had sent a notice to the EC to explain the rationale for the redelineation.

“The 48-hour notice will expire tomorrow and we will begin legal action if there is no response,” he added.

Opposition parties and NGOs have widely condemned the redelineation and electoral boundary changes proposed by the EC on Sept 14, as being favourable to Barisan Nasional (BN).

These include large increases in voter numbers in certain constituencies and the redrawing of boundaries which will carve out certain voting demographics and transferring them to other constituencies.

MCA president Liow Tiong Lai had also expressed concerns that the changes may lead to racial polarisation.

The BN Supreme Council will meet this evening and top of the agenda is to discuss the alterations to existing state and parliamentary seats.

V. Anbalagan@FMT Reporters Online


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