The Selangor government is applying to cross-examine Election Commission (EC) chairperson Mohd Hashim Abdullah in its legal suit on the proposed redelineation of electoral boundaries for parliamentary and state constituencies in the state.
Senior federal counsel Azizan Md Arshad told reporters that Judicial Commissioner of the High Court, Azizul Azmi Adnan, set Feb 7 to hear the state government’s application.
He said the Selangor government is seeking to cross-examine the EC chairperson on the issue of 136,272 voters without addresses.
He said the court had also fixed this Friday to hear the application for a judicial review filed by the state government, represented by Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali, to challenge the proposed redelineation of electoral boundaries for parliamentary and state constituencies in Selangor by the EC.
Azizan told this to reporters after the case came up for case management in chambers. Also present was lawyer S Ambiga who acted for the state government.
In the application, Azmin is seeking a declaration that the proposed redelineation, from a 2016 study by the EC, is unconstitutional, inconsistent with Clauses 2(c) and 2(d) of Article 113(2) of the Thirteen Schedule of the Federal Constitution, and is thus null and void.
The Gombak member of parliament is also seeking a declaration that the EC’s failure to use the latest electoral roll in the redelineation was unconstitutional, not in accordance with Section 3 of the Thirteen Schedule of the Federal Constitution, and thus, null and void.
Azmin filed the application on grounds that the EC had acted unconstitutionally, unreasonably and irrationally in breach of Article 113(2) of the Federal Constitution.
He is also seeking, among other reliefs, a declaration that the published notice lacked details, where normal voters, local authorities or state governments cannot exercise their right to make a representation.