For constituencies with low communication facilities EC may increase the number of constituencies and thus lower the voters number. This may cause it to deviate further away from the 1-person-1-vote principle that is important for any democracy where every citizen/voter has the same say. Therefore: instead of letting low communication facilities dictate our constituency size-whether area or voter wise-why not improve the communication connections? Certainly commercial considerations would not allow such network to be built soon-but is not the function of the government to provide the communication facilities where commercial providers fail to do so?
EC To Look Into Bung Mokhtar’s Request For Seat
Friday, 27 May 2011 18:15
KUALA LUMPUR — The Election Commission (EC) will look into the request by Kinabatangan member of parliament Bung Mokhtar Radin for the creation of another state seat in the vast constituency.
Its chairman Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said however that several factors such as size, population density and communication facilities should be looked into before the proposal could be implemented.
He said the same situation occurred in Sarawak where states seats could be as big or bigger than the whole of Pahang.
“Kinabatangan is not the only constituency with large area,” he said in Bernama Radio 24’s “Kerusi Panas” interview programme.
Meanwhile, Abdul Aziz said the EC needed at least six months to put in place a detailed preparations for the general election.
Abdul Aziz also said that by-elections could not be done away with because they are required under the law.
If there are casual vacancies within the first three years of an existing term, by-elections must be held, he said.