Election seats: PKR wants to petition King


PETALING JAYA: The Election Commission (EC) was accused today of setting the stage for Barisan Nasional (BN) to regain a two-third majority in Parliament without a fight.

PKR election director Nurul Izzah Anwar said the EC’s proposed changes to electoral boundaries were unconstitutional and the party intends to petition the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for redress.

Details of the petition were being finalised, and she called for public support. “No one should tolerate systematic electoral fraud and the stealing of an election even before the first ballot is cast,” she said.

She said the proposed changes could lead to Pakatan Harapan losing control of the Selangor state government, and the federal opposition left with less than a third of the 222 seats in the Dewan Rakyat.

Nurul Izzah said the proposed changes amounted to handing the Barisan Nasional a blank cheque.

She said the EC’s actions “betray the very principles of redelineation enshrined in the constitution”, made worse by the current proposals.

She called for the setting up of an independent electoral boundaries commission as called for by a parliamentary select committee on electoral reform in 2012.

The Election Commission proposes to make changes to 128 parliamentary constituencies. State governments, local councils and voters, in groups of a minimum of 100, may file objections up to Oct 15.