SHAH ALAM: The High Court’s decision in favour of the Selangor government’s injunction bid on the Election Commission (EC) to prevent it from presenting its redelineation report to the prime minister will benefit other states in Peninsular Malaysia as well, Mohamed Azmin Ali said today.
The Selangor menteri besar said this was because the EC would not be able to use the new recommendations for constituency redelineation for the upcoming 14th general election (GE14), due by the middle of next year.
“I wish to congratulate all the people of Selangor because for the first time in our nation’s legal history, the court has issued an order for an injunction barring the EC from presenting a report to the prime minister on proposed redelineation,” said Azmin, who is also PKR deputy president.
“This proves that the Selangor government’s initiative to defend the rights of not only the Selangor people but also the whole country has produced results,” he said at the opening of the new Institut Darul Ehsan office here.
The Kuala Lumpur High Court yesterday allowed the state’s injunction on grounds that the electoral authority had not disagreed with the state’s interpretation of Section 8 in the 13th Schedule of the Federal Constitution.
That section states that the EC shall submit its report on the redelineation exercise to the prime minister after it has completed the inquiries for all 11 states in the peninsula, including Selangor.
Selangor last October filed a legal challenge seeking to nullify the EC’s notice of delineation, claiming it violated the Federal Constitution in drawing up new electoral boundaries.
On Dec 16 last year, justice Azizul Azmi Adnan had allowed a stay on the local inquiries in Selangor pending their court challenge.
In another state in the peninsula, Melaka, the High Court there also granted a stay order for seven voters from Kota Melaka and Bukit Katil after they filed a challenge against the EC’s redelineation exercise.