EC starts pre-study on redelineation
KUALA LUMPUR, May 8 —The Election Commission has begun studying a possible re-drawing of federal and state constituencies, as it is now constitutionally permitted to do so.
The Federal Constitution prohibits a redelineation exercise from being conducted within eight years of the last. The EC last redrew constituency lines in 2003.
“When the preliminary study reveals that a redelineation exercise is needed, the EC must decide on the date for a full study to be implemented” Tan Sri Aziz Mohd Yusof, chairman of the EC, was quoted by Bernama Online today.
Today, Abdul Aziz said the study was also needed to gauge his commission’s ability to complete the exercise within the allotted time.
Re-delineation exercises have to be completed within two years and needs final approval of a two-thirds majority from Parliament and the respective state assemblies. The ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) federal government does not have the required majority in Parliament and will require votes from PR to approve the exercise.
The EC chief said, however, the redelineation need not take two years and may be completed earlier.
Abdul Aziz also advised against focussing too much on his commission’s study and the exercise may be interrupted by an early dissolution of Parliament.
Previously, EC deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar had confirmed to The Malaysian Insider that such a study would be conducted soon. He had also confirmed the redrawn constituencies will not be applicable should Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak call for snap polls soon.
“If [the general] election is held in 2011 then the new delineation will not be used,” Mustafa had said in January.