Rede­lin­eation: What next?

> Con­sti­tu­tion al­lows PM to ta­ble draft in Par­lia­ment


PETALING JAYA: With the dead­line for ob­jec­tions to the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion’s (EC) pro­posed rede­lin­eation ex­er­cise end­ing to­mor­row, many are won­der­ing what the next step would be.

Ac­cord­ing to Ber­sih 2.0 steer­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber Jay Jay De­nis, the EC is ex­pected to hold pub­lic meet­ings to get feed­back from those ob­ject­ing the pro­pos­als.

“Three con­stituents who sub­mit­ted ob­jec­tions will be asked to pro­vide feed­back while up to 20 con­stituents may at­tend,” he said yes­ter­day.

De­nis said the EC will take all ob­jec­tions into ac­count be­fore pub­lish­ing an­other gazette sim­i­lar to the one is­sued on Sept 14.

“Should the sec­ond gazette re­ceive sim­i­lar ob­jec­tions, the EC will then con­duct an­other (pub­lic meet­ing) and fol­low­ing feed­back from con­stituents who ob­ject, it will then sub­mit a draft pro­posal to the prime min­is­ter,” he said.

Un­der Sec­tion 8 in Sched­ule 13 of the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion, the prime min­is­ter may ta­ble the draft pro­posal to Par­lia­ment for ap­proval via a sim­ple ma­jor­ity.

“A sim­ple ma­jor­ity is only re­quired when the num­ber of par­lia­men­tary and state seats re­main un­changed. If there is a change, it re­quires a two-third ma­jor­ity.

“In the pro­posal for Sabah, which con­tains 13 new state seats, it needs a twothird ma­jor­ity by the state as­sem­bly be­fore it goes to the De­wan Rakyat,” De­nis said.

He said Sec­tion 11 of the same pro­vi­sion al­lows the prime min­is­ter to amend the draft fol­low­ing con­sul­ta­tions with the EC.

“Upon ma­jor­ity ap­proval, the draft will be sub­mit­ted to the Yang di-Per­tuan Agong be­fore com­ing into force af­ter Par­lia­ment or the state as­sem­bly is dis­solved,” he said.

The EC has un­til Sept 14, 2018 to en­force its rede­lin­eation ex­er­cise or wait an­other eight years be­fore ini­ti­at­ing the ex­er­cise again.

The pro­posed rec­om­men­da­tions have been on pub­lic dis­play at all EC of­fices since Sept 15, un­til to­mor­row.

In Sabah, the EC has also posted no­tices of the 13 pro­posed new state con­stituen­cies.

Both BN and op­po­si­tion par­ties have hit out at the pro­posed rede­lin­eation, claim­ing it could cre­ate racial im­bal­ance in some elec­toral con­stituen­cies.

Ob­jec­tions to the rec­om­men­da­tions, how­ever, can only be made by the state gov­ern­ment, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties wholly or par­tially in­cluded in the rede­lin­eation ex­er­cise, or a group of no less than 100 reg­is­tered vot­ers of an af­fected con­stituency.


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