Penang MPs to study new electoral borders with fine-tooth comb

penang2GEORGE TOWN: Concerned about electoral border revisions in the state, two Penang parliamentarians vowed to analyse the latest re-delineation of constituencies and reveal the changes to Penangites in a week.

Penang Government Electoral Re-delineation Committee members Sim Tze Tzin and Ng Wei Aik said they had met the state Election Commission (EC) to obtain the previous and amended electoral borders.

Sim, who is Bayan Baru MP, said if there were irregularities, the committee would formally protest on behalf of the state government.

“We have requested three items from the EC – the old borders, the new borders and the master list of voters.

“We have spoken to Penang EC Director Md Fuad Mohd Sherif to discuss this and he was very cooperative,” Sim told reporters at the lobby of the EC office at the MARA Building, Weld Quay, today.

Fuad told them there were only “big changes to the Kepala Batas and Balik Pulau parliamentary seats”, Sim said.

At a different event earlier, Penang DAP Deputy Chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said he would be studying the new electoral boundaries for his party.

Meanwhile, Sim and Ng hoped that the EC would re-delineate based on “one person, one vote” as proposed by the parliamentary select committee (PSC) on election reforms in 2012.

“The EC must follow the PSC recommendation and get rid of possible malapportionment and gerrymandering,” they said.

EC’s latest re-delineation plan, they said, could be protested against by the state government, local authorities, or a group of no less than 100 registered voters of an affected constituency.

The objections must be made to the respective state EC directors by Oct 14.

The review is part of the EC’s re-delineation of electoral boundaries for parliamentary and state seats in the peninsula and Sabah beginning today.

For Penang, the redrawn borders can be viewed at 16 select areas.

EC Secretary Abdul Ghani Salleh had said the review would be conducted based on the provisions of Clause (2) Article 113 of the Federal Constitution and amendments to Clause (2) Article 14 of the Sabah State Constitution, which was gazetted on Aug 18.

He was reported as saying there would be no changes in the number of parliamentary and state seats in the peninsula.

“However, certain parliamentary and state constituencies will undergo name changes and amendments,” Ghani had said in a statement yesterday.