Mambong, Bengoh seats likely affected by redelineation exercise


KUCHING: Mambong parliamentary seat is likely be divided into two seats when the redelineation of electoral constituencies takes place.

According to a well-placed source, while Mambong will retain the name, the other parliamentary seat to be created shall be named Siniawan.

The redelineation will also affect Bengoh state seat and be split into two, and a new seat created to be named Serumbu.

Bengoh seat will be maintained.

The source also said Tarat and Bengoh state seats will still be under Mambong, while Siniawan will cover Serumbu and some of the villages that are presently under Tasik Biru.

Under the redelineation, a few villages, Kpg Git, Ngiru and Bawang situated along Jalan Puncak Borneo, which are presently under Mambong parliamentary seats, will fall under Siniawan.

The source added that the redelineation will start next year and the new electoral constituencies will be used in the coming state election expected in 2016.

Meanwhile, Election Commission (EC) deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar said a study on the redelineation, which was postponed two years ago, will begin soon.

This exercise should have been conducted in 2011 as the last one was done in 2003, but had to be postponed until after the 13th general election.

“The review and redelineation of the parliamentary and state constituencies have to be carried out as the constitution stipulates that the EC has to carry out the exercise once every eight years,” Wan Ahmad was quoted by Bernama yesterday.

Presently, Sarawak has 71 state and 31 parliamentary seats, and allocated among the four state Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties – Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) and Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP).

For the state seats, PBB is allocated with 35 seats, SUPP (19), PRS (9) and SPDP (8).

PBB is also allocated with the most parliamentary seats with 14 seats, SUPP (7), PRS (6) and SPDP (4).