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Nurul seeks judicial review on dubious voters

 | March 27, 2013

The PKR MP filed for a judicial review to compel the electoral body to clean up the electoral roll in Lembah Pantai, which is alleged to have more than 4,000 dubious voters.

PETALING JAYA: PKR MP Nurul Izzah Anwar has filed a judicial review against the Election Commission (EC) to compel them to clean up its electoral roll in Lembah Pantai.

She also named the EC’s chief registrars, National Registration Department (NRD) director-general and the Malaysian government in the suit.

“We filed the suit against the four respondents in order to compel them to remove dubious names from the Lembah pantai voters list,” she said.

Also present was Subang MP R Sivarasa, lawyer Edmund Bon and Khalid Sultan Abd Majid, who is also an applicant in the review.

Nurul said that after a lengthy check on her constituency’s electoral roll, she had found 4,627 names in the voters’ list with no proper addresses.

Bon said that unlike the suit filed by a DAP MP recently on the same matter, Nurul is pursuing the matter under Regulation 25 (2) (G) of the Election Regulation (Voter Registration) 2002.

“The clause empowers the chief registrar to remove any dubious names from the electoral list,” he said.

On March 14, Klang MP Charles Santiago filed a suit against the EC at the Shah Alam High Court , to compel the latter to clean up the the electoral roll in his constituency.

However, the court struck out his suit under Section 9 (A) of the Elections Act 1958, which disallows a gazetted electoral from being questioned in court.

Bon said that he expected the EC to argue that the court has no juridisction to review the electoral roll, just like in the case of Santiago’s suit.

“This is why we are challenging the EC on the administrative part of it, which is Section 25. The EC needs to tell us why they are not doing their job,” he said.

He added it was also illegal for the registrar to list a voter without a complete address.

“But in Lembah Pantai’s case, there are many people registered using incomplete addresses. This had made it difficult for us to verify who they are,” said Bon.

No response from the EC

Asked whether they approached the EC on the matter, Bon said thay they have submitted a letter to the electoral body in March 4, informing them of dubious names but received no favourable response from the electoral body.

“Apart from giving us letter that states they will look into the matter, nothing else came forth. So we filed the case at the Kuala Lumpur High Court yesterday,” he said.

On why NRD is being called as a respondent, Bon said that the EC had many times in the past blamed the registration body for the errors in the electoral list.

“That is why we named NRD as well but we don’t really know how they are going to respond to this,” he said.

Nurul said that despite the government forming a select committee to improve the electoral system in Malaysia, many are still doubtful of the electoral roll till today.

Sex scandal

On another matter, Nurul refused to comment on reports that several Umno agents are planning to expose a sex video, purportedly implicating her.

“I think what Saifuddin (Nasution) said yesterday is sufficient,” she said.

Yesterday, PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution claimed that several Umno agents are planning to release sex videos implicating several senior party leaders, including Anwar Ibrahim and Nurul.

However, Saifuddin dismissed the allegations levelled against the PKR leaders, saying the agents were attempting to perpetuate the culture of slander nearing the general election.

Whether she is confirmed to contest for the Lembah Pantai seat come the general election, she said, “It looks like it but let’s wait for the dissolution.”

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