MO,20/2/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: All parties should abide by he Federal Court’s latest ruling pertaining to the redelineation exercise by the Election Commission (EC). Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is also the home minister, said all quarters especially political parties should accept the decision which was reached based on the country’s law and constitution.
“We should abide by the ruling and follow-up measures should be taken by the EC. The government will abide by any ruling meted out by the court,” Zahid told a Press conference today after a soft-launch of the international exhibition on National Security for Asia. Also present was Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and deputy home ministers Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed and Datuk Masir Kujat.
The Federal Court yesterday held that the EC recommendations for a redelineation exercise in parliamentary and state constituencies were not amendable to judicial review. Chief Justice Tun Md Raus Sharif, who chaired a three-man bench, said the EC’s action in its redelineation exercise was actions that did not bind parties and as such was not amendable to judicial review.
He said this in his decision to dismiss two applications brought by two DAP members of Parliament from Perak and seven voters from Melaka to get leave of the Federal Court to appeal against the appellate court’s decisions which did not rule in favour of them in respect of their judicial review.