Residents' challenge against EC over Malacca re-delineation exercise to be heard next week

Kelly Koh

MALACCA: The Malacca High Court today fixed next Friday (April 21) to decide on a leave of application by residents of the Kota Melaka and Bukit Kati parliament to challenge the Election Commission’s (EC) re-delineation exercise.

Judicial Commissioner Datuk Vazeer Alam Mydin Meera ruled that date for the hearing of the leave of application was fixed to give time to the EC to respond to challenges raised by the seven voters here.

On April 4, seven voters filed an application for a judicial review and a stay order against the EC, with prominent lawyer Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan leading the case.

The seven - Chan Tsu Chong, 29; Neo Lih Xin, 31; Azura Talib, 40; Lim Kah Seng, 31; Norhizam Hassan Baktee, 51; Amir Khairudin, 53 and Amran Atan, 47 were representing voters from the Kota Melaka and Bukit Katil parliamentary seats in challenging the EC's proposed re-delineation exercise which they deemed 'unconstitutional'.

"Next Friday, the court will hear the case and decide whether to grant us a leave of application. We also applied for a stay order against the proceeding and the re-delineation process at the judicial commissioner's chamber.

"The judicial commissioner said the case must be postponed to give time to EC to respond to respond to our challenges made," Chan told reporters outside the High Court here today.

Present were Bukit Katil member of parliament and PKR vice-president Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin, Ayer Keroh assemblyman Khoo Poay Tiong, and state Parti Amanah Negara chairman Adly Zahari.

The three respondents were represented by EC, its chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah and its secretary Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh.