|The EC need to secure 2/3 majority in Parliament to get the re-delineation exercise approved-thus the current Parliament where BN lost 2/3 majority offer a golden opportunity for the EC to do a 1st ever bi-partisan re-delineation exercise and restore some semblance of electoral justice for Malaysian voters after half a century of partisan re-delineation. The people can look forward to reduce disparity between the biggest and the smallest constituencies, less gerry-mandering, less partisan transferring of voters from 1 seat to another etc. Bring it on, EC!
|PUTRAJAYA – The Election Commission (EC) will implement redelineation of parliamentary and state constituency boundaries as it was last done in March 2003.
Chairman Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said delineation should be done after eight years in line with provisions under Article 113 (2) of the federal constitution.
“EC can start right now but we have to wait for the right time as the redelineation exercise has to be completed within two years,” he said in an interview with Bernama and RTM here on Friday.
Aziz said after five delineation exercises, EC had yet to violate principles enshrined in the federal constitution.
“What EC has done is to place parliamentary and state constituencies under the same district except for those with small number of voters like in Sabah and Sarawak.
Asked about the states affected by the redelineation exercise, he said that all states would be involved as they have even number of seats.
“EC welcomes suggestions from all quarters including political parties and will consider them but we will have the final say.”
He said the four principles of delineation were that the election facilities did not cross state borders and available facilities for registration and voting.
“The number of voters must be balanced except in constituencies where there is difficulty in communication and transportation like rural areas.
“The need to retain community ties must also be considered.”
Aziz reminded that the redelineation exercise was still subject to winning two-third majority in Dewan Rakyat and the state assemblies.
Golden chance for EC to implement a bi-partisan re-delineation!
April 2, 2011 by democracy4now