Country Risk

Malaysian Election Commission’s review of electoral boundaries increases likelihood of incumbent PM remaining in power

22 February 2018


On 13 February 2018, Malaysian national media reported that the country’s main opposition coalition, Hope’s Pact (Pakatan Harapan), and a local election watchdog submitted about 200 objection statements to the country’s Election Commission (EC) against its decision to redraw boundaries of more than 150 of Malaysia’s 222 parliamentary constituencies.

The objections alleged that similar to the previous general election conducted in 2013, such a review of electoral constituencies’ boundaries will probably favour the incumbent government by concentrating likely opposition voters within a comparatively small number of districts. The EC has denied these allegations and is expected to complete this review before the 2018 general election, pending parliamentary approval.

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