By Annabelle Lee
Bersih 2.0 has urged affected voters to protest the second re-delineation proposal before the April 7 deadline.
(To read this article on Malaysiakini click here.)
It has also deemed the exclusion of Selangor from the proposal “unconstitutional and illegal”.
On March 8, the Election Commission (EC) published a second display for re-delineation where numerous constituency names and compositions across the country were changed.
“The purpose of redelineation is to equalise numbers (between constituencies) but that has not been the case.
“Many constituencies (in the second display) are too small and over-represented while others are super sized.
“The EC has completely ignored objections of the people during the first display,” said Bersih 2.0 treasurer Thomas Fann at the Bersih 2.0 headquarters today.
Nevertheless, Fann urged the affected voters to engage with the second display and download customised, constituency-specific objection letters from the Delineation Action Research Team website.
The letters can either be posted or submitted in person to state EC offices.
A minimum of 100 objections from a single constituency are needed for the EC to launch a local enquiry with constituents there.
Selangor, while included in the first redelineation proposal, was the only state bypassed in the second display.
“Article 113(6) of the Constitution says redelineation must include Sabah, Sarawak and (all states in) Malaya.
“It is unconstitutional and illegal for the EC to continue without including Selangor,” said Fann.
This is the first time a state had been bypassed in a re-delineation exercise, added Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah.
“There is no precedent and this is very unusual, the second display should never have been allowed,” she said.
The Selangor state government previously obtained a stay against EC’s local inquiry pending a judicial review it applied against the EC’s redelineation exercise.
When asked if there had been progress with registering new voters, Maria explained Bersih 2.0 had little data as only the EC had official voter figures.
“Bersih 2.0’s voter registration drive faced many obstacles because we were not given enough forms by the EC.
“We can’t measure our progress until EC releases official voter figures in the next quarter (of the year),” she explained.
Maria previously criticised the EC for not doing enough to register new voters.
More than four million eligible Malaysians have yet to register as voters, Malaysiakini reported yesterday.
Today is purportedly the last day to register as a voter to be eligible to vote for GE14.