The Constitutional Law Committee and the National Young Lawyers and Pupils Committee is organising a forum to discuss the constitutional and social issues arising out of the recent delineation proposals by the Election Commission.
Many experts and political parties have denounced the delineation proposals by the Election Commission in 2016, citing issues relating to malapportionment and gerrymandering. Noteworthy legal suits include the one filed by the Selangor State Government, which is still pending in court.
The Election Commission has defended the delineation proposals, arguing that it was drawn up in accordance with the Federal Constitution. In fact, the Election Commission recently accepted a substantial number of representations made by the public in regard to the state of Selangor.
The Election Commission was also criticised by BERSIH 2.0 for its move in December 2017 to gazette new categories of postal voters consisting of civil servants from nine government departments, which BERSIH 2.0 claimed would contribute to voter fraud.
This public forum is timely, given that the 14th Malaysian General Elections (“GE14”) will take place this year.