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    Delimitation: PC on TINDAK maps - EC urged to be Cekap & Telus

    Report from TheMalaysianInsider.

    Objectors, not protestors, wanted for EC’s redelineation exercise, says Bersih

    Published: 7 November 2014

    Maria Chin Abdullah hopes the public would use the provision on the Constitution to object any unfair redelineation of electoral boundaries. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 7, 2014.Bersih 2.0 wants voters to use the objection period in the upcoming redelineation exercise to ensure there is no gerrymandering by the Election Commission (EC).

    Street rallies will only be an option after other channels are exhausted in the event constituency boundaries are not redrawn fairly, said Bersih steering committee chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah.

    Bersih, a coalition of non-governmental organisations calling for election reform, is by now known for the mass rallies it has held, but Maria said the Malaysian government still had not carried out real reforms.

    The authorities may be allowing street protests to take place, but were not heeding the demands, she noted.

    Creating a mass volume of objections when the redrawn boundaries are put up for review would be a better way to pressure the EC, she said at a press conference with Tindak Malaysia to explain the constituency delimitation exercise that are usually held once every eight years.

    The next exercise is overdue as the last one was held in March 2003.

    The boundary redelineation process has been regarded by the opposition and civil society groups as a tool in Barisan Nasional's manipulation of the electoral process, where gerrymandering or manipulation of electoral boundaries, is done to favour the ruling coalition.

    Under Schedule 13 of the Federal Constitution, affected members of the public have 30 days to object to the boundaries proposed by the EC if there is a representation of more than 100 voters from the same constituency.

    Besides the public, state governments and local authorities are also allowed to register their objections.

    The EC is required to organise a local inquiry upon receiving the objections as stipulated under the Constitution.

    "We want to get as many people as possible to object if we find that the redelineation is really unfair," said Maria.

    Earlier, she was asked if Bersih would again use street demonstrations to protest unfair redrawing of electoral boundaries.

    Meanwhile, Tindak Malaysia founder PY Wong is calling on more Malaysians to volunteer once the EC's redrawn electoral maps are put on display.

    The group needs help to compile information on the new maps and to analyse whether the number of voters in each constituency is evenly distributed.

    He echoed Maria's view that a mass of objectors was necessary and could be more effective than demonstrations.

    Even half a million objectors would send a strong message to the EC, he said. – November 7, 2014.

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    Strict supervision of re-delineation to ensure fair elections

    Details Created On Friday, 07 November 2014 11:38Published Date Written By Haris Ibrahim And Cogito Ergo Sum Category: News

    The basic principle of democracy is that of one man, one vote of equal value.

    But this is not the case in Malaysia, however.

    Tindak Malaysia, a people's movement to educate voters, said at a press conference today that the BN had won GE13 with only 47.38% of the popular votes.

    Among the speakers at today's press conference were Bersih 2.0 chair, Maria Chin Abdullah, Kenny Khoo [incorrect: of DART. Should be Tindak Malaysia], PY Wong and Ng Chak Ngoon of Tindak Malaysia and Rama Ramanathan of Proham.

    The press statement was read out by Ng [1 of 3 press statements released].

    He said that the present constitution, which has been modified by BN to keep themselves in power, allows them great latitude to amend constituencies in their favour.

    "With the new delimitation exercise, BN could even win in GE14 with 35% of the popular vote with unfair constituency delimitation.

    "Malaysians cannot afford to remain indifferent to such electoral malpractices," he said.

    Rama, on his part, said that the EC has on its website the slogan 'Telus dan Ikhlas'.

    'Visionary or pedestrian'

    "It remains to be seen whether in this re-delineation exercise, the EC will be visionary or merely pedestrian. In this regard, the fact that the EC chairman had said that they will make their recommendations and then leave it to Parliament and the PM may be telling," he said.

    Maria Chin said, "We cannot trust the EC in this re-delineation exercise."

    She said that there was no need for any seat increase.

    What was needed instead, she said, was "better-quality elected reps to serve the Rakyat".

    PY Wong took the EC to task for not making available maps of the proposed re-delineation exercise.

    "This would deny citizens the right to be fully informed of the proposed re-delineation and to decide whether they should lodge objections," he said.

    PY Wong then appealed for 220 photographers nationwide to step forward to help in taking photos. This is to enable Tindak Malaysia to put together maps because of the EC's failure to make maps available.
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    Bersih, Tindak say 'no' to any Pakatan-EC deal


    Electoral reform groups Bersih and Tindak Malaysia have insisted that Pakatan Rakyat should not agree to any increase in electoral constituencies.

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    12:20PM Nov 7, 2014
    By Koh Jun Lin
    Focus on objections now, protest later, says Bersih


    Electoral reform group Bersih says its immediate priority ahead of the Election Commission’s (EC) plan to gazette the constituency redelineations will be to take opportunity of the objection period.

    Bersih chief Maria Chin Abdullah said while mass rallies, which the NGO is renowned for, are still on the table, it will only come after that.

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    Improve voters' access to EC's proposed maps for delimitation - Tindak Malaysia

    Cynthia Ng,Astro Awani |Updated:November 08, 2014

    (First published on: November 08, 2014 17:38 MYT)

    Improve voters' access to EC's proposed maps for delimitation - Tindak Malaysia

    KUALA LUMPUR: The Election Commission (EC) has been urged to review the method of its delimitation exercise to improve accessibility and voters' participation.

    The public need to have easier access to view revised maps of constituencies so that feedback and objections can be easier made within the one-month 'objection' period, under existing laws, says civil society groups.

    Presently, the EC will announce the proposed maps in at least one newspaper on the areas that are affected by the revision, as stipulated in the Federal Constitution.

    The new maps will then be put up at a specified place at the state or parliamentary constituency.

    Within the one-month period, public can object to the boundaries proposed by the EC, following which it will open up an inquiry upon receiving of objections from 100 or more voters from the same constituency.

    "In the past, constituency proposals by the EC had received little or no public attention apart from objections from opposition parties," Tindak Malaysia Delimitation Analyst Ng Chak Ngoon told a press conference yesterday. The PC was to discuss the groups' call to urge the EC to live up to its promise in ensuring transparent and fair electoral process.

    "The EC could dismiss these submissions as invalid on the grounds that they were done without maps – to show how constituencies could be defined differently," he said, adding that with the past record of the EC's practices had certainly led to malapportionment.

    Civil society groups such as Association for the Promotion of Human Rights (Proham) and Bersih 2.0 are also echoing similar sentiments to Tindak Malaysia.

    "We have no trust in the EC to be transparent in the delimitation exercise. We don't even know when the exercise is starting," said Bersih steering committee chairman, Maria Chin Abdullah.

    Proham secretariat Rama Ramanathan cited the indelible ink fiasco during the 2008 general election (GE) as an example as he questioned whether any action has been taken pertaining to the matter. (In 2008, the EC had planned to use the indelible ink but cancelled the move three days before the rakyat went to the polls, citing security issues and public order.)

    "The EC seemed to just brush it away like it doesn’t matter," said Ramanathan.

    The recommendations by Tindak Malaysia are divided into several areas including online display of the proposed maps, schedule, document accessibility, physical display and display method.

    The proposed maps should be made available online as soon as they are unveiled by the EC.

    For transparency, the EC should provide a firm timeline of the delimitation exercise for the public to have adequate time to register as objectors and submit counter-proposals for fairer delimitation of constituencies.

    Physical display of all delimitation proposals at the EC headquarters in Putrajaya for viewing or purchased at a nominal charge is also part of the recommendations.

    As part of its initiative, Tindak Malaysia announced that it had developed the software to quickly analyse the EC's proposal on constituency and to produce maps that reflects voter distribution for fair constituencies.

    The software is now available on Tindak Malaysia'swebsite.

    (From left) Tindak Malaysia founder PY Wong, Ramanathan, Ng, Tindak analyst Kenny Khoo and Maria at the media conference held at the Bar Council yesterday. Astro AWANI/Cynthia Ng
    The group said under the current delimitation exercise some constituencies appear to be very large while others are relatively small.

    It is the disproportion that has led to the election results that may not be representative of the votes cast during election.

    "Take Selangor constituencies, for example. During the 2013 GE there were more than 144,000 registered voters in the single constituency of Kapar, which is more than the combined 123,000 voters in the three smallest constituencies of Sabak Bernam, Sungai Besar and Tanjong Karang.

    "In the same GE, Barisan Nasional (BN) with only 47.38 percent of the popular votes could still win 60 percent of the Parliamentary seats.

    "If it goes on, BN will still form the government even with 45 percent or even 35 percent of the popular votes," the group stressed.

    EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof had said the EC was expected to gazette the notice for the long overduedelimitation exerciseat the end of this year, having deferred the scheduled exercise in 2011.

    The last delimitation exercise was carried out by the EC was in March 2003.

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    13,399 Stop gerrymandering or voters would retaliate, says NGOPublished on 6 Nov 2014Voters right advocacy group Tindak Malaysia today warned the Election Commission (EC) that if it continues gerrymandering, informed voters could retaliate and give the commission more problems.

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    Tindak to EC: We don’t need more seats on 6 Nov 2014Tindak Malaysia founder PY Wong slammed the Election Commission this morning, saying that there is no need for an increase in seats for the next general election.
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