BERITA DAILY LETTER: From Bersih 2.0 steering committee, via e-mail
The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) refers to the to the news report by Bernama on July 7, 2017 entitled “SPR Terus Siasat Persempadanan Semula Selangor”, which was later corrected to “SPR Teruskan Siasatan Persempadanan Semula Semenanjung Kecuali Selangor, Melaka”.
In the report, Electoral Commission chairman Mohd Hashim Abdullah was also quoted as saying that the Kuala Lumpur High Court disallowed the Selangor government’s application for an injunction against the commission from carrying out the second round of local inquiries except Selangor and Malacca.
The article has created confusion and Bersih 2.0 wishes to clarify that:
* there is an existing stay order against the first local inquiry for the state of Selangor, granted by the Kuala Lumpur High Court in December 2016.
This means that the redelineation process in Selangor is halted until the proceedings of the Selangor judicial review is completed.
Bersih 2.0 and Malaysians have no choice but to respond by taking more court action against the commission. In addition to the Selangor and Malacca cases, there are currently five more pending cases relating to redelineation – in Perak, Johor, Penang, Kuala Lumpur, and Kelantan.
The Electoral Commission should not have continued with the second notice and inquiries because serious constitutional issues have been raised and should have instead waited for the resolution of these cases before proceeding.
Bersih 2.0 reiterates that we are not against the redelineation process. However, it must be done fairly and correctly in accordance with the principles of law and the Federal Constitution.
In contrast, the commission has severely broken these principles and is taking unprecedented action to circumvent due process. The commission has not used the current redelineation process to correct malapportionment and gerrymandering, but instead has taken steps to worsen it.