The Election Commission (EC) will postpone local inquiry proceedings on the proposed redelineation of electoral boundaries for parliamentary and state constituencies in Selangor.
Its chairman, Mohd Hashim Abdullah in a statement on Friday, Dec 16 said this followed the Kuala Lumpur High Court decision allowing the Selangor Government’s application to postpone the process.
“In compliance with the court order, the EC will put on hold local inquiry proceedings, pending the hearing of the Selangor Government’s judicial review application,” he said.
Judicial Commissioner Azizul Azmi Adnan made the ruling after finding that the state government had complied with all the provisions for the stay application and there were special circumstances to grant the stay.
Azizul Azmi said the Selangor Government had the right to object to the proposed redelineation of electoral boundaries for parliamentary and state constituencies in the state.
The court granted a stay, pending the hearing of the judicial review on the state government application on Jan 20, next year.
In the meantime, Mohd Hashim said to date, the EC had carried out local inquiry proceedings for the first time on the protest against the proposed redelineation of electoral boundaries for parliamentary and state constituencies in all states, except Selangor.
The states involved are Perak, Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan, Kedah, Penang, Pahang, Johor, Melaka, Kelantan and Terengganu.
“In Sabah, the proceedings were completed on Oct 28 and the second notice was on display from Nov 22 until Dec 21,” he said.
Mohd Hashim said the EC had heard of 276 objections in accordance with the law – 13 from Sabah and 263 objections from other states in peninsular except Selangor – during the first proceedings of a local inquiry conducted from Oct 23 until Dec 16.
“The EC has been, and will give due attention and consideration to all objections in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Constitution.
“The results of the objections will be communicated through the second exhibition on the review of recommendations for the redelineation of electoral boundaries for the states, of which notices shall be published in the local newspapers after all related matters are settled,” he said.
Mohd Hashim said the EC was open in carrying out its responsibilities in each state fairly and had complied with all provisions of law enshrined in the Federal Constitution. – Bernama