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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Be fair & reasonable in redeliniation of electoral boundaries

In 1976, I pressed for fair and reasonable redeliniation of electoral boundaries in Malaysia. The main reason was the big difference in the number of electors between rural and urban constituencies. A rural constituency could have 20,000 voters whereas an urban constituency could have 100,000 voters.
     In 1957, the difference between the number of voters in rural and urban constituencies was no more than 15%. The Federal Constitution was amended to put the difference as not more than 50%. It has been amended further, making tbe difference in the number of voters between rural and urban  constituencies as limitless.
     The discrepancies between rural and urban constituencies remain. We press the Election Commission to ensure that redelineation of rural and urban electoral boundaries and the number of electorate are fair and reasonable.


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