Redelineation report: MP withdraws injunction bid against Pandikar

Klang MP Charles Santiago’s main suit will proceed.

SHAH ALAM: Klang MP Charles Santiago, who filed a lawsuit to nullify the redelineation report, has withdrawn his bid for a court injunction to stop Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia from allowing the tabling of the report.

This comes after the Dewan Rakyat passed the report last Wednesday, with 129 MPs supporting the redrawing of electoral boundaries.

The report was gazetted the following day.

However, senior federal counsel Alice Loke, representing Pandikar, said the main lawsuit would proceed as Santiago had not withdrawn it.

The High Court fixed May 8 to hear Santiago’s lawsuit against Pandikar.

The two-term MP from DAP filed the suit last Tuesday, a day before the redelineation report was scheduled to be debated.

He sought a court declaration that the distribution and tabling of the redelineation report on March 22 and 28 were unconstitutional.

In his affidavit dated March 27, Santiago claimed there were still cases related to the redelineation pending in the courts, and that Pandikar had not respected the courts by putting the report up for debate.

“He (Pandikar) should have waited for all cases against the Election Commission (EC) on the redelineation exercise to be disposed of because the courts’ decision would have direct effect on the validity of the report,” he said, naming cases such as those filed against the EC by the Penang government and a group of 107 voters.

The group of 107 voters had taken the EC to court for refusing to hear their objections on the second notice of the redelineation exercise.

The High Court will rule on April 11 whether to allow the voters, led by activist Maria Chin Abdullah, to challenge the EC’s decision not to hold local enquiries for them.

The Penang state government also filed for leave to appeal to the Federal Court after failing twice to initiate a judicial review of the EC redelineation exercise in the state.

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