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Monday, February 13, 2017

Nurul Izzah's bid to challenge redelineation ends as AG wins appeal

The Court of Appeal in Putrajaya today allowed the appeal by the attorney-general to set aside the leave (permission) previously granted to Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar and 10 voters in their bid to challenge the present local inquiry on the redelineation exercise.
This came after a three-member bench led by Justice Umi Kalthum Abdul Majid found merit in the appeal.
“We unanimously allow the appeal by the attorney-general following the decision made by the High Court on Jan 3, this year (which granted the leave). There is merit in the appeal. The order by the High Court is set aside,” said Justice Umi Kalthum.The other two judges were Justice Idrus Harun and Justice Hasnah Mohamed Hashim.

Earlier, the bench also dismissed the preliminary objection raised Nurul Izzah's lawyers that the attorney-general should not be the one filing the appeal as the aggrieved party was the Election Commission, not the Attorney-General's Chambers.
Today's decision has ended Nurul Izzah's judicial challenge on the redelineation exercise.
However, there is still one more challenge remaining, namely the application by the Selangor government led by Menteri Besar Azmin Ali which is presently being heard on its merits at the High Court before Justice Azizul Azmi Adnan.
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