Malaysia’s Opposition and an election watchdog submitted objections today to the redrawing of some constituency boundaries, which they said would favour Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in a general election due by August. The Election Commission is reviewing electoral boundaries for more than half of Malaysia’s 222 parliamentary seats. Opponents of the redrafting say it is unconstitutional and could skew voting in favour of Najib’s ruling coalition, the Barisan Nasional (BN). The government denies the accusation.
“Given the high number of objections … the Election Commission needs to prioritise the people’s involvement in the redelineation process and ensure that all objections are given space to be heard in a public inquiry,” Datin Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, leader of the Pakatan Harapan Opposition alliance, told reporters.
Wan Azizah and representatives of the electoral watchdog Bersih submitted 200 objections representing more than 30,000 voters to the commission at its office in Selangor state.