KUALA LUMPUR — March 28, 2018: The Election Commission had reached out to all stakeholders to participate in its review of electoral boundaries which started on September 15, 2016.
During the exercise, the agency provided a platform for everyone to voice out objections on its recommendations which were put on display as required by Schedule 13 of the federal Constitution.
Despite this, the EC became the target of accusations and also the subject of court cases.
In winding up the debate in the Dewan Rakyat today on the report on the redelineation exercise, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi said the court ruled in favour of the EC, proving that it had discharged its duties based on the principles stated in the Constitution.
The motion on the review of electoral boundaries was tabled by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. It passed by 129 votes against 80.
According to Zahid, during the period of displays of the review the first and second time, the EC received 1,685 representations from state governments, local authorities or the category of 100 or more voters in a particular constituency.
Not only that, EC officers went down to the ground in the interiors to get feedback from the opposition.
Overall, the EC considered all objections, including 600 or 36 per cent of representations via local inquiries.
“In this matter, the EC made the decision that 1,041 or 62 per cent of representations in support were to be accepted for consideration, 545 or 32 per cent of the representations rejected for consideration while 99 or six per cent (of representations) were accepted in part or rejected,” he said.
Fourteen MPs from the government and opposition debated on the motion, raising several issues including the imbalance in the size of a constituency and the number of voters. — Bernama