Gerakan is concerned that their ‘hard work’ towards retaining and winning several seats in the coming general election will be disrupted by the redelineation of electoral boundaries proposed by the Election Commission.
Its president Mah Siew Keong said these include the parliamentary seats of Beruas (now Ayer Tawar), Teluk Intan and Taiping.
“We have done simulations in several areas where we have worked hard and were confident of our winning chances. However, this may not be so if the redelineation is carried out.
“We will be holding a meeting to discuss this matter next week and all branch chairman have been instructed to come out with a report before making our presentation to the EC,” he told a press conference after opening Johor Gerakan’s annual convention today.
Meanwhile EC secretary Abdul Ghani Salleh said a review would be conducted based on the provisions of Clause (2) Article 113 of the Federal Constitution and amendments to Clause (2) Article 14 of the Sabah State Constitution, which was gazetted on Aug 18.
He said that the EC would propose that there would be no changes in the number of parliamentary and state seats in the peninsula while it is conducting a review of electoral boundaries for parliamentary and state seats in the Peninsula and Sabah.
In Klang, MCA president Liow Tiong Lai said the party was collecting and analysing inputs on the matter, adding that all division head would hold meetings by next week to provide feedback before tabling it to the commission.
“Seats that will have electoral boundaries changed, whether state or parliamentary, must consist of voters of all races for racial harmony,” he told reporters after opening Kapar MCA’s annual convention today.
All political parties in the country need to submit their feedback on the redelineation to the commission within a month, from last Thursday.