Hornbill Unleashed

October 14, 2016

Bersih chairman wants court to stop EC redelineation

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

Maria-Chin_bersih_undi_600Bersih 2.0 Chairman Maria Chin Abdullah has filed a judicial review against the Election Commission (EC) to stop the on-going redelineation exercise in the peninsular.

The activist, who is a voter in the Petaling Jaya Utara parliamentary constituency, is also seeking a declaration from the High Court that the exercise which began last month was null and void.

She also wants a court order for the EC to provide information on land mass in each of the parliamentary and state constituencies in the peninsular.

In a class action suit filed on Monday, Chin said she and Petaling Jaya Utara voters were interested parties who were entitled to receive information as a matter of constitutional right.

“The exercise has been carried out in bad faith and is tainted with illegality. It is also unreasonable and goes against the spirit of the Federal Constitution,” Chin said, adding that the class action suit was filed to prevent the EC from submitting its proposal to the Dewan Rakyat.

In the meantime, she wants the EC to discontinue with its task pending a decision by the court.

“Our basic right as registered voters to file a competent and effective objection will be affected if the exercise is not halted,” she said.

Meanwhile, Justice Hanipah Farikullah has allowed Senior Federal counsel Amarjeet Singh, who is appearing for the EC, to file an application to raise a preliminary objection.

The judge has fixed Nov 22 to hear the objection.

“We will be filing affidavits in support of the objection. If need be, the other side will also file affidavits in response to our application,” Amarjeet said.

Earlier this week, Chin said the land mass data was vital to review the actual movement of voters in the latest redelineation exercise.

“This land mass information was also vital to determine how significant was the change for a particular constituency.

“It is very important for us to find out how much of the land mass is altered as well,” she told reporters after opening the Bersih photography exhibition at the Town Hall.

She added that with such information, the public can lodge a protest against the redelineation of their constituency.

“It would be very difficult for the public to make any objections without all this critical information.”

Chin said the electoral reform group had previously sent in its protest over the transfer of 118,000 voters early in September but the EC did not offer a satisfactory reply.

V Anbalagan



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