Kota Melaka voters seek judicial review against EC

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MALACCA: Seven voters in the Kota Melaka parliamentary constituency today filed an application for leave to seek judicial review of the Election Commission (EC)’s proposed redelineation of certain parliamentary and state constituencies in the state.

Social activist Chan Tsu Chong, who represented six others, filed the application through lawyer S. Ambiga of Messrs Daim & Gamany at the Ayer Keroh High Court here today.

Chan, 29, a member of the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih), named the EC, its chairman Mohd Hashim Abdullah and EC secretary Abdul Ghani Salleh as first to third respondent.

The other applicants are Neo Lih Xin, 31, Azura Talib, 40, Lim Kah Sheng, 31, Norhizam Hassan Baktee, 51, Amir Khairudin, 53, and Amran Atan, 47.

They are seeking a declaration that the proposed redelineation by EC following a 2016 study was unconstitutional as it was inconsistent with Clause 113 and the 13th Schedule of the Federal Constitution, and so it was null and void.

“Our view is that there is an infringement from the aspect of the constitution by the EC when they made the first and second recommendations for the redelineation, particularly in Malacca,” Chan told reporters when met outside the court here.

Chan alleged that the EC, by its action, caused a glaring gap in the number of voters in certain constituencies in Malacca, especially the Kota Melaka parliamentary constituency and Taboh Naning state constituency.

The applicants are also seeking a declaration for the case to go to a full hearing and for the redelineation process to be suspended.

Chan said judicial commissioner Vazeer Alam Mydin Meera set April 21 for the hearing of the application.