PM Najib: Government had no influence on EC`s role in the re-delineation


Kuala Lumpur: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak reiterated the Government did not disturb or had any influence on EC’s role for the interest of the people and the country.
 “I am also delighted to inform members of the Parliament that some of the EC’s proposals were not accepted by several parties including the Government,” he emphasized.
He said the last delineation was in 2003 and the divisions at the general election that had been approved were used in three general elections in 2004, 2008 and 2013.

He added, since eight years has passed, Election Commission of Malaysia (EC) has done a delineation to the divisions in the Federal and the Malay states in line with the Clause (2) item 113 Federal Constitution.

“The report of the delineation was handed to me on 9 March 2018, and it consists of five chapters which were then distributed to all members of the Parliament as Statute Paper No.ST.27 Year 2018,” Najib said  when tabling the proposals from  the study on the 6th Redelineation of the Federal divisions in the general election and the states in the Malay States 2018.
The Prime Minister added, the delineation this time uses the registered voters and gazetted on 13th May 2016 and 6th September 2016 with a total of 11,379,352 registered voters in the Malay States.
“The number of registered voters in the Malay States has increased about 36 percent or three million people compared to 8,347,107 registered voters in 27 December 2001.
The opposition fears they may lose due to the redelineation boundaries.
Around 400 Electoral reform group Bersih 2.0 members have gathered in Tugu Negara here and  protested against the tabling of the redelineation report in Parliament.
The prime minister has tabled the delineation today.
Yellow t-shirt carrying placards gathered at Tugu Negara gathering here since 8am morning.
Dr Mahathir joined the protesters later.
Heavy police presence was seen outside Parliament House.
The police warned yesterday protesters not to gather in front of the parliament.
Parliament turned into a heated argument over the redelineation that the government prepares to table.
Outside the Parliament grounds, electoral reform group Bersih protested the EC report which it claims it is  malapportionate and  give the ruling BN government an advantage in the upcoming 14th general election.

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