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SAPP wants public clarification on new electoral boundaries date

19th July, 2019

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has called on the Sabah Legislative Assembly and the Election Commission (EC) to publicly clarify the date for the new electoral boundaries, following the addition of 13 new seats in the state.

In a statement on Thursday, the opposition party president Datuk Yong Teck Lee said they should inform elected representatives and local government officers that the boundaries for the re-delineation would only come into effect upon the dissolution of the current legislative assembly.

“In the meantime, at present, the new electoral boundaries are not yet effective.

“This clarification by the Assembly and EC is needed because some assemblymen are reported to be adjusting their constituency demarcations to align with the new electoral constituency boundaries.

“Any expenses incurred beyond their constituencies could be subjected to audit query or become illegal.

“Therefore, the constituency development funds allocated to MPs and assemblymen and implemented by PPMs (Community Development Leaders) may be used only in the current constituency concerned,” said Yong.

His comments came following the approval of 13 new state seats by Parliament on Wednesday, bringing the number from 60 to 73 constituencies.

Yong said the long-overdue parliamentary approval for the seat increase in Sabah brought to a close an issue that Sabahans had been waiting to be resolved.

“Although it took this parliament 82 sitting days to come around to approving the EC report, we thank Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad for tabling the EC report on Wednesday,” he added.

He said with the passing of the EC report by Parliament, the legal action taken by him and six other plaintiffs in April last year to seek a court declaration that the Prime Minister had a constitutional duty to present the EC report on the matter to Parliament was no longer on the table.

“The objectives have been achieved and the case will not proceed any further,” Yong added.

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