GEORGE TOWN, June 7 ― The Penang government has filed for judicial review of the Election Commission's (EC) redelineation exercise.
Leong Cheok Peng, the lawyer appointed to file the case, said they are also applying for the courts to temporarily prevent the EC from submitting its recommendations for the redelineation to the prime minister.
“We are also filing for a judicial review for a declaration that the redelineation recommendations by the EC was against the Federal Constitution,” he told a press conference with Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng at the latter's office.
He said there was malapportionment in the redelineation exercise that the EC failed to address, which is unconstitutional.
In its application, the Penang government is seeking a declaration that the recommendations submitted by the EC on March 8 are invalid for being against Article 113 (6) of the Federal Constitution.
The state is seeking a declaration that the electoral roll used in the redelineation exercise was not the latest and that it lacked details for stakeholders, including 100 voters, the local authorities or the state government, to file a representation against it.
The state is seeking a certiorari order for the EC's recommendations to be cancelled and the electoral roll 2016 to be cancelled.
“We are also seeking a mandamus order for the EC to conduct new recommendations,” Leong said.
The Penang state government filed the suit against the EC on June 5.
The EC also has pending lawsuits in Selangor and Melaka against its redelineation exercise.