PUTRAJAYA — April 10, 2015: The Election Commission today dismissed an allegation that it had altered Malay-majority constituencies into mixed-community constituencies when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was the prime
Its chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd. Yusof made clear that the redelineation of electoral boundaries adhered to a legal process in which the EC does not have the authority to alter to suit the needs of any individual.
He went on to say that any allegation of gerrymandering was merely an assumption because the federal constitution provides for feedback, enquiries, meetings and discussions.
“The EC also does not have the authority to change the constituency of any voter because that depends on the address on the identity card,” said Aziz after he had announced the dates for nomination and polling for the Rompin parliamentary by-election.
Umno supreme council member and Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob had alleged that Mahathir had redelineated electoral boundaries to turn Malay-majority constituencies into mixed-community constituencies, thus making it difficult for Umno to win seats. — Bernama