EC’s re-delineation unjustified, says Maria Chin

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PETALING JAYA: Electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 Chairman Maria Chin Abdullah has slammed the latest re-delineation exercise carried out by the Election Commission (EC), labelling it as totally unjustified.

Speaking to FMT, she pointed out that the Subang parliamentary seat, which is currently held by PKR’s Sivarasa Rasiah, had been severely reduced in number of voters after the exercise was carried out.

“Sivarasa used to have three DUNs (assemblypersons) in his area, but now he only has two DUNs because he lost Bukit Lanjan.

“They actually shifted almost 50,000 voters from his area. That is a lot. What is the justification?

“And that area was his main support base because Bandar Utama, Tropicana and Damansara are all there.

“Now, he is left with only Paya Jaras and Kota Damansara. Paya Jaras has an army camp whereas Kota Damansara is an Umno seat.

“From over 100,000 voters in his area, it is reduced to about 73,000 now.”

At the same time, Tony Pua’s parliamentary seat Petaling Jaya Utara, which is “just over the border” was bloated with 160,000 voters, she said.

Chin said that the unproportionate re-delineation exercise was unconstitutional.

“The Constitution says re-delineation exercises must be carried out in equal proportions, without bias.

“But the way the EC is doing it is not equal proportion at all.

“When you bloat up an area and diminish another, it is not following the Constitution at all.”

According to a notice published by the EC today, members of the public can inspect the EC’s recommendations for 30 days until Oct 14 and object if they need to.

Chin said she was particularly concerned that the people may not understand the procedure for making such objections.

“We really hope people will come forward and make the objections.

“It’s 30 days from now. So everyone who is affected must now come forward.”

Chin asked members of the public to visit Bersih 2.0’s website to get objection forms. The electoral watchdog group will help forward the forms to the authorities.

“Download the form and fill it up. Send us your objection and we can forward it to areas affected. We have to submit these forms before the 30 days’ limit runs out.

“So, we only have three or four weeks to handle this.”

The public can download and fill up the form at https://dart.bersih.org/