PUTRAJAYA: The Election Commission (EC) today denied allegations of manipulation in the electoral system and that the redelineation exercise was intended to ensure the victory of a particular party in the 14th general election.
EC chairman Tan Sri Hashim Abdullah said that the voters registration system, electoral system and redelineation exercise were fair and transparent manner.
The statement was issued in response to a news report in The Economist titled “How Malaysia’s Next Election Will Be Rigged”.
The report claimed that EC’s redelineation exercise and the new boundaries would help the ruling coalition to stay in office.
Hashim said the allegations in the news article were baseless and unfounded, and intended to mislead and confuse the people.
“The person who wrote the article only sees the impact of the redelineation exercise in the context of political interest.
“EC has never taken any party’s political interest into consideration.”
He said candidates and parties won or lost solely on their own merits.
Hashim denied the article’s allegations of gerrymandering and malapportionment and that EC had drawn electoral boundaries to favour one party.
“This is not true. The court’s decision proves that EC has complied with all the basic principles of redelineation as outlined in the 13th schedule of the Federal Constitution.
“Parliamentary and state constituencies in urban and rural areas cannot be compared as they are different,” he added.
Hashim stressed that recommendations for redelineation were based on proposals and feedback received from all quarters, including those who were opposed to it.
With the submission of the final report on the redelineation of electoral boundaries for parliamentary and state constituencies to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak last week, he said the EC had fulfilled its role and responsibilities as stated in the Federal Constitution.
He said more than 200,000 agents of candidates or parties would be stationed at some 30,000 polling centers to observe the election process.
Hashim said the ED would not compromise if any individual or party tried to sabotage the electoral process.