Tuesday, 7 July 2009

SPR proposal not acceptable

Sabah DAP views the recent proposal for another round of delineation on the electoral to produce more state and parliament constituencies in Sabah as an exercise to increase the chance to further secure the power and control by the BN government.

The DAP Sabah vice chairman Edward Ewol Mujie said, in Sabah there is an unbalance distribution of state and parliament constituencies, which can be split into urban, sub-urban, and rural constituencies. The criteria used for the delineation by the SPR are not clear and specific, especially on the process of deciding on the size of the areas. Some urban areas in the country are loaded with some 150,000 voters in one parliament constituency, and some less than 20,000 voters in the rural areas. For example, in rural area like Pensiangan P182, the total voters are 19,712, and in urban area like Kota Kinabalu P172, the total voters are 43,715. There is a different of 24,003 voters, strictly speaking Kota Kinabalu should be given another Parliament seat, like many urban and sub-urban constituencies.

The state and parliament areas in Sabah should be more people based and not designed to suit the political parties’ chance of winning the seats. These should not be based on races and religion, and the grouping of political supporters. This can be easily demonstrated by future decision to create more rural constituencies, but leaving the urban and sub-urban area unchanged.

Edward said, the constituencies must be maintained, distributed and delineated fairly to truly represent the voters, so that a fair election can be conducted to demonstrate true democracy.

As on the nomination procedure proposed to be changed to as long as 3 days from the one-hour nomination time used on the 308 general election, Edward said this is ridiculous. He said this will definitely brings about much suspected abuse and undue waste of time, public money, and even corrupt practices. There will be much “trading” and “fault finding” during this three days. The whole process will be even more tedious and troublesome. We want an election based on integrity, truth, and genuine faith, but not to input in advance and allow fault play to happen in the election mechanism. Any slight chance or loop-hole for such unlawful and malpractice should be eradicated or permanently removed. The ‘3-day cooling period’ after the nomination day should be abolished too.

Thus, Edward said, the Nomination day proceeding should adhere to the straight principle of clear, clean and without any chance of fault play. We propose to adopt the time to be from 9am to 12 noon for the nomination period, and 12 noon to 1pm for the objection period. The result shall be announced at 1pm sharp by the Returning Officers.

Edward Ewol Mujie, Sabah DAP Vice Chairman.

选举委员会的建议不能接受
沙巴民主行动党认为最近选举委员会提出要划分新选区,以增加更多国会或州的选区,这是让国阵政府确保其势力及更有机会赢取下届全国大选。

沙巴民主行动党州副主席爱德华慕吉说,沙巴一直都有国会或州议选区的分配不平衡状态,分布为城市,半郊区和内陆的选区。 而选举委员会所采用的划分标准是不明确也不具体,特别是以地区的面积或人口的划分来决定。 一些城市选区拥有大约十五万的选民堆积在同一国会选区,而一些内陆选区的选民却只有两万人。 例如在内陆选区的冰湘岸(P182),该总选民有19,712人,而市选区如亚庇(P172),该总选民约43,715人。 两个国会选区的相差是24,003人,因此严格来说亚庇国会选区应该考虑另设一国会议席,如许多的城市和半郊区的选区也应增加其国会及州代表。

沙巴州的国会和州选区划分应该以人民的需求为重点,而不是特意设计以适应政党,并让他们有最好的机会赢得该些席位。 这些划分更不应该基于种族和宗教之分,或聚集其政治的支持者以达到胜面。 这很明显地证明到他们将会成立更多的内陆选区,而城市和半郊区的选区将保持原样。
爱德华说,必须保持选区的分配和能够真正代表选民,因此才能有公平的选举,并可以确保真正的民主选举程序。

有关提名手续从308大选的一个小时的提名时间改为三天,爱德华表示,这是荒谬的。他说,这肯定会带来很多时间的浪费,纳税人的钱的损失,甚至导致有贿咯的行为。将会有“买卖交易”和“故意找渣”在这三天里发生。 整个提名过程将会更加繁琐和麻烦。 我们希望有一个完整及公平的选举机制,让大家有公正的程序发挥在选举的机制上,而不能有任何人为的漏洞造成让某方面有机可乘,这种非法和违规的行为应该给予消除或永久删除。此外,那三天的‘冷却期’应该删除,以免造成‘买卖’的不道德行为。

因此,爱德华说,该提名程序要坚持原则,明确性,透明化,不许有任何不法的行为。 我们建议采用的时间由上午9点至中午12点为提名时间,过后中午12点至下午1点是异议期。 提名结果应该在下午1点正宣布。