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Court Overturns Ruling Nullifying EC’s Notice In Sarawak Redelineation

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PUTRAJAYA – The Court of Appeal here today set aside a High Court ruling nullifying the Election Commission’s (EC) notice of its recommendations for the proposed re-delineation of electoral boundaries for Sarawak.

A three-member panel chaired by Justice Datuk Mohd Zawawi Salleh unanimously allowed the EC’s appeal to overturn the decision of the High Court which declared the commission’s notice null and void.

Justice Datuk Abdul Rahman Sebli, who delivered the judgment, said the EC notice was in accordance with the 13th Schedule of the Federal Constitution.

The other judge was Tan Sri Idrus Harun.

The panel, however, dismissed the cross-appeal brought by respondents Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How and a voter in Ulu Baram, Pauls Baya, who sought for variation in the High Court’s decision delivered last May 15.

In its re-delineation exercise, EC is seeking to create 11 new constituencies, from the existing 71 constituencies, bringing the total to 82 constituencies.

On May 15, this year, a High Court in Kuching declared that the EC’s notice of its recommendations for the proposed re-delineation exercise lacked details and ordered the EC to republish the notice.

On May 25, High Court judge Yew Jen Kie issued an additional order, declaring the EC’s notice of its recommendations for the re-delineation null and void, after ruling that the notice was not in accordance with the 13th Schedule of the Federal Constitution. – Bernama

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