PUTRAJAYA (Bernama) – The Election Commission (EC) proposes to increase the number of state seats in Sarawak by 11 seats, from the current 71 to 82.
EC secretary Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh said proposal was in accordance with an amendment to the state constitution on Dec 5, 2014.
“For the purpose of the Constituency Delineation Review, there is a change of name to Federal Constituencies and State Constituencies,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Abdul Ghani explained that the details of the proposed recommendations will be stated in the Notice of Boundary Reconstruction which will be published later.
“The EC will exhibit the proposal for the Constituency Delineation Review for Sarawak for a period of one month from Jan 5 until Feb 4 at specified places in the Boundary Reconstruction Notice which will be published in local newspapers on Jan 5.
“The total number of voters in the Electoral Roll that was endorsed and gazetted on April 30, 2014, is being used as the basis for the preparation for the proposed Review of Boundaries,” said Abdul Ghani.
He explained that a copy of the proposal along with a map of parts of the Federal Constituencies and State Constituencies of Sarawak will also be exhibited for public inspection during office hours on any working day in such places as may be specified in the notice published.
According to him, only parties authorised by the Federal Constitution can protest against the proposals.
They are the state government or any local authority whose area, in whole or in part, is included in parts of the electoral division affected by the proposals.