Kit Siang: Pakatan should consider snap polls to circumvent redelineation

PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Harapan will have to consider snap polls in Selangor following the Election Commission’s recent redelineation exercise, says DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang.

Lim who is also Gelang Patah MP said in a statement on Monday that the Opposition coalition would have to consider the possibility of snap polls as “the Election Commission’s constituency redelineation proposals have mangled and butchered the map of Selangor”.

“The current fifth constituency redelineation is making history by making the voter disparity in electoral constituencies even greater than before – which is clearly not intended by the Constitution,” said Lim.

He said that there were “multiple objectives to the current redelineation exercise”, all of which violate the constitutional spirit and the democratic principle of “one man, one vote, one value”.

Lim also said that the move by the Election Commission would also eliminate individual personalities in the upcoming 14th General Election such as former Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, former Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin and PKR vice president Nurul Izzah Anwar.

It was reported that the EC, in an 18-page notice, proposed to alter the electoral boundaries of parliamentary and state constituencies in the peninsula and Sabah, with the exception of Perlis, Labuan and Putrajaya.

A total of 12 parliamentary and 34 state constituencies in the peninsula could undergo a name change under the proposed amendments.

The EC also listed 13 proposed new state constituencies for Sabah, increasing the number of the state seats to 73.

The EC noted that except for the name change, the number of seats in the peninsula would remain the same.

Pakatan Harapan currently holds 29 seats in Selangor while the others are held by PAS (13 seats) and Barisan Nasional (12 seats). – Star Online

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