Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng announced today that the Election Commission (EC) only one objection out of nine submitted regarding its proposed redelineation exercise.
Of the nine, eight were submitted by the DAP while the sole objection accepted was by the one filed by the Penang state government, which qualifies a representative to attend the EC’s public hearing on its redelineation exercise.
Handing out copies of the EC notification letter to the state government dated November 2, Lim expressed bafflement on the polls regulator’s notification of the inquiry hearing on two federal seats he said he had not included in his complaint.
The letter was titled in Bahasa Malaysia: First Round Inquiry into the parliamentary constituencies of P.041 Kepala Batas and P.053 Balik Pulau.
“I don’t understand what happened, I don’t know why they listed Kepala Batas and Balik Pulau but I will attend the hearing,” Lim told reporters at his office here.
Asked if the state government had submitted objections on these two constituencies, he said he had submitted objections for the Paya Terubong parliamentary constituency and his Air Putih state constituency.
DAP lawmakers had submitted eight objections, five for state seats and three for parliamentary seats.
“All of them were rejected so they can’t attend the EC public hearing that will be held for objections against the redelineation exercise,” Lim said.
The public hearing will be held on November 18 at Eastin Hotel in Penang.
According to the agenda listed in the letter by the EC, the public hearing is to listen to objections by 100 voters from Teluk Bahang state constituency in the Balik Pulau parliamentary constituency under Barisan Nasional’s (BN) Datuk Shah Headan Ayoob Hussain Shah.
The second objection listed is from 100 voters from the Pulau Betong state constituency, also in the Balik Pulau parliamentary constituency, under BN’s Muhamad Farid Saad.
State executive councillor Jagdeep Singh Deo, who will be attending the hearing with Lim, said they will wait for the decision of the public hearing before deciding on the next course of action.
As for the eight objections that were rejected, Lim said they will consult their legal team to determine the next action that could be taken.
Source : OPALYN MOK@The Malay Mail Online