Malaysiakini reports today that Bersih may be taking the EC to court over the wholesale malapportionment that they propose to shove down our throats through the impending redelineation exercise.
Over the last 48 hours, I have heard of other possible court actions being considered by political parties and other interest groups
Malaysiakini also reports today that MP for Serdang, Ong Kian Ming and two assemblymen from his constituency are kicking off a campaign in his constituency to challenge the proposed redelineation there.
What are Kian Ming and the 2 assemblymen planning?
They are each going to get 100 registered voters from within their respective constituencies to step forward and register as objectors with regard to the proposed changes by EC in their respective constituencies?
Can this be done?
Yes, it can.
You and I, as citizens, and as registered voters, can step forward to register as objectors with regards proposed changes to our constituency?
Yes, and I am going to try and spare you having to plough through the paperwork and the law and take you right to what you need to do.
First, though, a quick refresher.
These are the constituencies that Malaysiakini has listed as affected by the proposed redelineation exercise.
128, in all.
A friend involved in one of the NGOs pushing for electoral reforms informs me that they want to push for citizens action beyond just the 128 seats listed here.
In other words, even if your constituency is not listed above, be prepared to step forward to take action.
So, how do we go about this?
The notification of the commencement of the redelineation exercise was gazetted on 15th September, 2016.
Paragraph 8, on page 5 of the notice stipulates that, in accordance with section 5, Part II of the Thirteenth Schedule to the Federal Constitution, parties who can make representations objecting to the proposed recommendations are, amongst others, a body of one hundred or more persons whose names are shown on the current electoral rolls of the constituencies in question.
Paragraph 9, on page 6, stipulates that “any representations objecting to the proposed recommendations shall be submitted in writing to the Election Commission and addressed to the respective State Election Officers as specified in the Fourth Schedule.
The addresses of the State Election officers to whom the written objections are to be submitted appear from pages 75 to 77 of the notice.
We are allowed 30 days from the date of gazette of the notice to get our written objection to the relevant State Election Officer.
That means our written notices of objection must be submitted on or before 14th October, 2016
With the exception of PJ Selatan, I am going to proposed two ways for all of you to get your objections in.
The first option.
Is your current MP from the opposition? Or did your opposition candidate lose in the last election? Either way, contact him today. Ask if he is embarking on an initiative like Ong Kian Ming. If so, offer yourself as an objector. If he or she is not, find out why and if you are not happy with the reasons and don’t know what to do, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will see what I can do for your constituency.
The second option.
Bersih has an initiative to get voters to register with them as objectors. Just go to https://dart.bersih.org/bantah/ and register yourself. The process is simple enough.
For PJ Selatan, I will be contacting our MP, Hee Loy Sian, and after hearing from him, will revert to you.
People, I have offered you 2 options.
Time is short.
Move now, please.
Doing nothing is no longer an option.
Tell yourself and everyone you know that doing nothing is no longer an option.
Waiting for someone else to do what needs to be done is no longer an option.
Time we all joined hands to save our nation and get rid of robbers and thieves in Putrajaya.
If not us, then who?
If not now, then when?