The chairman of the Election Commission has been urged to resign if the commission does not withdraw its current redelineation proposals in which there are 13 “super size” constituencies containing more than 100,000 voters.
The MP for Ipoh Barat, M Kula Segaran, said the commission’s proposed redelineation of parliamentary and state constituencies was “the most undemocratic one in the nation’s history”. He said it violated the constitution and the principle of one person one vote.
He noted that the previous EC chairman, Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusuf had said that he would ensure redelineations would abide by the principle and not draw up any parliamentary constituency exceeding 100,000 voters.
However, the recent proposal will create 13 “super size” constituencies, ranging from Damansara (150,439) to Kuala Terengganu (101,875).
Kula said he and Ipoh Timur MP Thomas Su Keong Siong, both of whom are with the DAP, would obtain the required 100 signatures to file a necessary objection to the proposed redelination of their constituencies.
He said the Election Commission’s proposals favoured Umno, and noted that there had been much unhappiness and objections from Opposition and BN component parties on how polling districts have been added or taken out of a particular constituency for no valid reason.
“A close study will reveal that the greatest beneficiary of such moves is Umno,” he said.
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