After three elections, its time for redelineation, says PM

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KUALA LUMPUR: It has been 15 years since the last redelineation exercise, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak noted as he tabled the Election Commission (EC) report in Parliament on Wednesday.

“The last time the redelineation was passed was in 2003, and it was used in three general elections – GE11 in 2004, GE12 in 2008 and GE13 in 2013.

The report, said Najib, was prepared for states in Peninsular Malaysia including Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya, which span 132,000 sq km.

He said the study on the redelineation was done using voters’ registration data that was gazetted on May 13 and Sept 6, 2016, where the number of registered voters stood at 11,379,352.

The Prime Minister also said the Government has scrutinised the proposed redelineation report by the EC and will not propose any amendments to it.

The motion on the proposed redelineation will be debated by lawmakers and will be put to vote.

It will then be gazetted upon receiving the Royal assent. It need not go to the Senate to be debated and passed.

The motion also needs a simple majority of 111 lawmakers to be passed, after which the Prime Minister is widely expected to dissolve Parliament to pave the way for GE14.

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