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Selangor Govt To FIle Application To Postpone EC’s Inquiry

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Selangor Government will file an application to postpone the Election Commission’s (EC) inquiry proceedings pending decision on an application for a judicial review on the redelineation of electoral boundaries in the state.

Counsel S. Ambiga, representing the state government, spoke to reporters after the management before High Court Judge Datuk Hanipah Farikullah in chambers today.

The proceeding was attended by senior federal counsel Maisarah Juhari, who was representing the EC, its chairman, Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah and secretary, Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh.

“The judicial review application will be academic if the application to postpone the inquiry is not allowed by the court,” Ambiga said, adding that the application would be filed on Monday.

She said the court fixed Nov 28 to hear the application.

On Oct 19, the Selangor government, represented by Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, filed an application for leave for a judicial review to challenge the proposed redelineation of electoral boundaries for parliamentary and state constituencies in Selangor by the EC.

He is seeking a declaration that the proposed redelineation, from a 2016 study by EC, was unconstitutional, inconsistent with Clauses 2(c) and 2(d) of Article 113(2) of the Thirteen Schedule of the Federal Constitution, and null and void.

The Gombak Member of Parliament is also seeking a declaration that EC’s failure to use the latest electoral roll in the redelineation was unconstitutional, not in accordance with Section 3 of the Thirteen Schedule of the Federal Constitution, and thus null and void.

Mohamed Azmin filed the application on grounds that the EC had acted unconstitutionally, unreasonably and irrationally against Article 113(2) of the Federal Constitution.

He is also seeking, among other relief, a declaration that the published notice lacked details, where a normal voters, local authorities or state governments cannot exercise their right to make a representation. – BERNAMA

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