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EC may have shot its own foot in admitting to destroying electoral rolls

Ong Kian Ming  |  Published:  |  Modified:

MP SPEAKS | The decision made by the Court of Appeal on Thursday, 20th of July, 2017 to set aside the High Court order for the Election Commission (EC) to provide the Selangor government information on 136,272 registered voters without proper addresses may seem like a setback for those seeking to put a stop to the ongoing delimitation exercise.

But part of the argument used by the federal counsel – namely that the EC had discarded the records of these voters from the electoral rolls used in the 1994 and 2003 delimitation exercise – may come back to haunt it.

The Selangor government can still appeal the Court of Appeal judgment at the Federal Court. But even if it loses the appeal at the apex court, the judicial review filed by the Selangor government against the EC will still have to be heard at the High Court (proceedings were postponed while waiting for the Court of Appeal's decision stated above).

Recall that in December 2016, the High Court granted leave to the Selangor state government for its judicial review challenging the constitutionality of the ongoing delimitation exercise, which started on the 15th of September, 2016...

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