EC to continue local inquiries on Selangor redelineation

hashim-selangorPUTRAJAYA: The Election Commission (EC) will continue its efforts to carry out local inquiries for its second round of redelineation of electoral seats in Selangor within the time frame set by the Federal Constitution.

EC chairman Mohd Hashim Abdullah, in a statement today, said this was because the decision by the Kuala Lumpur High Court last Wednesday did not allow the Selangor state government’s application to prevent the EC from proceeding with the second round of local enquiries for redelineation of electoral seats in the states of Malaya.

“This decision means that the EC can continue with its responsibility to carry out the inquiries within the time frame set by the Federal Constitution.

“The EC is very appreciative of and has always respected the (court’s) decision,” he said.

In December, the EC postponed local inquiries on its proposed redelineation exercise in Selangor after the Kuala Lumpur High Court allowed the Selangor government’s application to postpone the investigation.

On the Selangor government’s second application to prevent the EC from submitting a redelineation report to Prime Minister Najib Razak according to the Federal Constitution, Hashim said the ruling would not affect any process related to the redelineation exercise for the states of Malaya.

“The EC has always complied with the court’s order and respects its second decision to accept the application by the Selangor state government to prevent the EC from submitting the final report on the redelineation exercise in the states of Malaya to the prime minister without including Selangor in the report,” he said.

Hashim said this was because the EC was aware that the final report could only be submitted to the prime minister after the local inquiries in Melaka and Selangor were completed and the judicial review finalised by the court.

He said, however, the assumption by certain parties that they had succeeded in preventing the EC from carrying out its responsibilities was inaccurate, as the decision was only limited to the submission of the report and did not involve other processes in the redelineation exercise.

“The EC is always committed to bringing improvements to the practice of democracy in the country and providing facilities for the benefit of the people,” he said.