Bersih will go to court for EC’s land mass data

Lim-Guan-EngLim-Guan-Eng3GEORGE TOWN: In a bid to review the actual movement of voters in the latest redelineation exercise, Bersih 2.0 will seek a court order to compel the Election Commission (EC) to reveal land mass data.

Its chairperson, Maria Chin Abdullah, said the land mass information was vital to determine how significant the change was in a particular constituency.

She said with such information, the public can lodge a protest against the redelineation of their constituency.

“Without the information, it would be very difficult for the public to make any objections. So, we will be filing our case.

“It is very important for us to find out how much of the land mass is altered as well,” she told reporters after opening the Bersih photography exhibition at the Town Hall here today.

Chin said the electoral reform group had previously sent in its protest over the transfer of 118,000 voters early in September.

Meanwhile, at the opening of the exhibition, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng labelled the EC’s redelineation exercise as “a trick” to ensure Barisan Nasional wins the election.

“We are made to understand that BN does not even need 40 per cent of the popular votes.

“Although last time the Opposition won 52 per cent of the popular votes, the BN is still ruling the Federal Government.

“Now, with the redelineation, if BN wants to win, it does not even need 40 per cent to win! They can win with 35 per cent … this is what we disagree with and this is clearly not in accordance with democratic principles,” Lim said.

The EC’s latest redelineation plan can be opposed formally by a protest note.

It has to be filed by the state government, local authorities or a group of no less than 100 registered voters in any affected constituency.

In the latest exercise, the Damansara (formerly Petaling Jaya Utara) seat will see the voter base expand from 80,000 to 150,000.

Bangi will have 146,168 voters, Klang 141,275 voters, Petaling Jaya 129,363 voters and Subang 128,330 voters.

These constituencies have been dubbed by detractors as “super” parliamentary seats.

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