EC: Changes in racial composition ‘can’t be avoided’

 |Apr 5, 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: The Election Commission (EC) has denied that the racial composition of constituencies is a major focus in the review of electoral boundaries.

EC redelineation division secretary Mohd Shukur Khalid said on the contrary, the EC had concentrated on reducing the gap in the number of voters, facilities for the administration of electoral affairs and voter registration, maintenance of local community relations and giving space for elected representatives to serve effectively.

“Although the impact of urbanisation has taken place since the early days of independence, the reality of urban settlements is dependent on their own income,” he said on Bernama Radio’s 1Malaysia Negaraku slot yesterday.

Responding to allegations that the EC’s recommendations would lead to racial polarisation, Shukur said the implementation of the review involving the transfer of electoral districts would indirectly alter racial composition in constituencies, which could not be avoided.

The proposal to review the electoral boundaries was tabled in the Dewan Rakyat by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on March 28 and received support from 129 MPs compared to 80 opposing.

The report on the review of the electoral boundaries recommended that there should be no increase in seats for parliamentary and state constituencies, meaning that the parliamentary and state seats remain at 222 and 587 respectively.

The EC also recommended name changes to 12 parliamentary constituencies and 28 state constituencies in Peninsular Malaysia. The last time a review was held was in 2003. – Bernama