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Penang Govt To Protest EC Redelineation Process

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GEORGE TOWN – The DAP-led Penang Government has protested against the Election Commission’s (EC) proposal to redelineate electoral boundaries of state seats here.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said if the redelineation was implemented, the number of voters in the Air Putih constituency which was represented by him, would be reduced by 1,091 people.

“The state government will file objections, the local authorities, namely the Penang City Council and the state assemblyman will also send their protests to the EC before Oct 14,” he told reporters here today.

He said the state government would not rule out the possibility of suing the EC as the redelineation process would affect voters in 12 state seats in Penang.

Last week, EC secretary Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh said the review of constituency boundaries in the peninsula and Sabah was implemented according to the provisions of Clause (2) Article 113 of the Federal Constitution and amendments to Clause (2) of Article 14 of the Sabah State Constitution, as gazetted on Aug 18.

All parties have been given a month until Oct 14 to submit objections.

Asked whether the state government would propose holding the state election earlier, Lim, who is also DAP secretary-general said the matter had yet to be discussed.

“For the time being, we only want to submit our protest before Oct 14 as the redelineation process is unfair and will make the general election very competitive,” he said.

Earlier, the DAP proposed that the Selangor Government hold a snap state election to protest EC’s redelineation exercise which it claimed was lopsided, but the proposal was rejected by Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali. – BERNAMA

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