PUTRAJAYA, July 7 — The Election Commission (EC) will continue its efforts in carrying out local inquiries for its second round of re-delineation of electoral seats in all states in the peninsula except for Selangor and Melaka within the time frame set by the Federal Constitution.
EC chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah in a statement today said this was because the decision by the Kuala Lumpur High Court last Wednesday did not allow the Selangor State Government’s application to prevent the EC from proceeding with the second round of local enquiries for re-delineation of electoral seats in the States of Malaya.
“This decision means that the EC can continue with its responsibility to carry out the inquiries within the time frame set by the Federal Constitution. The EC is very appreciative of and has always respected the (court’s) decision,” he said.
In December, the EC postponed local inquiries on its proposed re-delineation exercise in Selangor after the Kuala Lumpur High Court allowed the Selangor Government’s application to postpone the investigation.
On the Selangor Government’s second application to prevent the EC from submitting a re-delineation report to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak according to the Federal Constitution, Mohd Hashim said the ruling by the court to prevent the commission from doing so would not affect any process related to the re-delineation exercise for the States of Malaya.
“The EC has always complied with the court’s order and respects its second decision to accept the application by the Selangor State Government to prevent the EC from submitting the final report on the re-delineation exercise in the States of Malaya to the Prime Minister without including Selangor in the report,” he said.
Mohd Hashim said that this was because the EC was aware that the final report could only be submitted to the Prime Minister after the local inquiries in Melaka and Selangor were completed and the judicial review finalised by the court.
He said, however, the assumption by certain parties that with the decision, they had succeeded in preventing the EC from carrying out its responsibilities was inaccurate, as the decision was only limited to the submission of the report, and did not involve other processes in the re-delineation exercise.
“The EC is always committed to bring improvements to the practice of democracy in the country and to provide facilities for the benefit of the people,” he said. — Bernama