Hornbill Unleashed

October 18, 2016

Selangor to take EC to court over redelineation exercise

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

azminThe Selangor State Government is set to file a judicial review petition against the proposed redelineation exercise by the Election Commission (EC), Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali said Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference, Azmin said, based on research by experts, it was found that the EC had violated Section 2(a), 2(b), 2(c) and 2(d) of the 13th Schedule of the Federal Constitution

He said the experts found there was malapportionment and serious gerrymandering, which were against the Constitution.

Azmin said the judicial review petition would be filed at the Appellate and Special Powers Court in KL by the State’s legal team, which includes Human Rights Society of Malaysia President Ambiga Sreenevasan.

“We will urge the court to issue an order to prohibit the EC’s inquiry process until the case is heard in court.

“According to our experts, we have a strong case and we are confident that the court will give our application a fair hearing.”

The Gombak MP said more details regarding their application could not be revealed at the moment.

“But once it’s filed in court, you will have access to the details of our application.”

Azmin reminded that Selangor was a multicultural society and slammed the EC’s latest redelineation exercise as it threatened the State’s multicultural nature.

“It violates the multiculturalism in Selangor. For many years, we have enjoyed harmonious interracial relationships in Selangor. But now, the EC is coming in and trying to segregate races into difference areas. This is not healthy for Selangor.”

Last week, Bersih 2.0 Chairman Maria Chin Abdullah filed a judicial review petition against the EC to stop the on-going redelineation exercise in the peninsula.

Chin is also seeking a declaration from the High Court that the exercise, which began last month, was null and void.

She is also asking the court to order the EC to provide information on land mass in each of the parliamentary and state constituencies in the peninsula, adding that she and Petaling Jaya Utara voters were interested parties who were entitled to receive information as a matter of constitutional right.

Tarrence Tan

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