PH par­ties to sub­mit protests to EC


GEORGE TOWN: The Pe­nang gov­ern­ment will not be lodg­ing a protest with the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion (EC) over the re­cent rede­lin­eation ex­er­cise.

In­stead, it has de­cided com­po­nent par­ties within Pakatan Hara­pan (PH) will lodge their re­spec­tive protests with the EC.

To­day is the last day for sub­mis­sion of ob­jec­tions to the pro­posed rede­lin­eation bound­aries.

Deputy Chief Min­is­ter I Datuk Rashid Has­non said it was bet­ter the in­di­vid­ual par­ties look into their re­spec­tive ar­eas.

The Pe­nang PKR vice-chair­man said one of the con­cerns his party had was the bal­ance of eth­nic­i­ties in some con­stituen­cies.

He added some seats may be over­rep­re­sented by a par­tic­u­lar eth­nic­ity, which could lead to in­creased po­lar­i­sa­tion.

Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tzin, who sits on the three-mem­ber state-cre­ated task force to re­view the rede­lin­eation ex­er­cise, said there were dis­par­i­ties be­tween the num­bers of vot­ers in con­stituen­cies.

He cited the Paya Terubong state seat, which had more vot­ers com­pared to neigh­bour­ing Air Pu­tih de­spite both be­ing un­der the Bukit Ben­dera par­lia­men­tary con­stituency.

He said this was not re­flec­tive of “one man, one vote, one value.”

In a re­port by state gov­ern­ment funded think-tank Pe­nang In­sti­tute, five con­stituen­cies were iden­ti­fied as be­ing un­der-rep­re­sented, namely Paya Terubong (41,707 vot­ers), Machang Bubok (32,189), Se­berang Jaya (31,253), Batu Maung (31,050) and Batu Uban (29,541).

The re­port also iden­ti­fied Air Pu­tih (12,752) and Teluk Ba­hang (13,295) as be­ing over­rep­re­sented and rec­om­mended Air Pu­tih ab­sorbed vot­ers from nearby Paya Terubong while Teluk Ba­hang ab­sorbed vot­ers from Tan­jung Bun­gah.

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