Parliament a step closer to hearing EC’s new electoral boundaries

Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia (YouTube screengrab).

KUALA LUMPUR: Documents on the new electoral boundaries have been given to MPs, but they cannot be made public until next week, says Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia.

The Dewan Rakyat is expected to pass the redelineation of electoral boundaries before Parliament is dissolved for the 14th general election.

“The papers are not allowed to be published as they have been embargoed until March 28,” Pandikar said today.

Election Commission (EC) chairman Mohd Hashim Abdullah had said that if passed by the Dewan Rakyat, the redelineation motion would be presented to the Agong for his royal consent.

He said the redelineation motion was supposed to be passed two years ago, but was delayed after opposition parties objected and took the matter to court.

Critics of Barisan Nasional (BN) have said the exercise will favour the coalition.

DAP last week warned Pandikar not to table the redelineation report as the Penang government has filed an appeal against the electoral boundary change exercise in the Federal Court.

The EC submitted its report to Prime Minister Najib Razak on March 9 without completing hearings on objections to the changes in local inquiries.