Shift of police voters to Pantai could hurt Nurul Izzah

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PETALING JAYA: A reported shift of 6,000 postal police voters in a proposed change of constituency boundaries could spell disaster for PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar’s chances of re-election as MP for Lembah Pantai.

The DAP’s Lim Lip Eng said the Election Commission proposes to move the Tasik Perdana polling district from his constituency of Segambut and into neighbouring Lembah Pantai.

Tasik Perdana contains 6,598 voters most of whom are from federal police headquarters at Bukit Aman. Lim predicted that the shift would cost Nurul Izzah 6,000 votes at the next general election.

Pantai is a marginal seat, which Nuruz Izzah won by only 1,847 votes against the Barisan Nasional candidate, Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin of Umno.

Lim accused the Election Commission of collaborating with Umno. “Both of them think they can abandon Segambut”, he was quoted as saying.

In 2013, Lim was returned to a second term in Segambut by a majority of 19,111 vote over the BN’s B Jayanthi Devi of Gerakan.

The proposed constituency changes are part of redelineations proposed by the Election Commission. Boundary changes are proposed for 128 parliamentary constituencies in the Peninsula and Sabah.

Opposition politicians have accused the Election Commission of diluting opposition strength in marginal seats in order to favour the BN, although the changes would benefit current opposition strongholds.

Lim said the proposed inclusion of Tasik Perdana in the Lembah Pantai constituency would help BN regain the seat. He believed the 6,000 police votes and the current number of Pantai postal voters would leave Nurul Izzah facing a possible 10,000 votes against her even before ballots were cast.

Lim said his own constituency would have three new polling districts: Tiong Nam (3,862 voters) and Kampung Semarang (2,255 voters) from the Bukit Bintang constituency and Kolam Ayer (2,970 voters) from Batu.

He urged the Election Commission to post new maps of the parliamentary constituencies online for public inspection.