Maria Chin Abdullah | Delineation and seats increase (Part I)
Election Commission (EC) chairperson Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof had announced in February this year that the commission is proposing a 15 to 20 percent increase in parliament and state seats, which include states such as Selangor, Johor, Perak, Kelantan, Terengganu and Kedah (The Star, Feb 23, 2014).
What criteria does EC follow to increase seats by 15-20 percent? Why not at 25 percent or why not at 10 percent?
The EC is widely and deeply distrusted by the opposition and civil society. Its past redelineation exercises are deeply condemned for its flaws, but fewer have questioned the EC’s proposal of seat increase. In fact, many opposition leaders enthusiastically applaud seats increase, believing that this will help to address the vast disparity of electorate size across constituencies, caused by malapportionment.
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Delineation and seats increase (Part I)
EC throwing the constitution out of the window.