Asia-Pacific Roundtable Discussion on Boundary Delimitation and Malapportionment

CMEV and the Election Commission of Sri Lanka collaboratively attended a roundtable discussion on boundary delimitation and malapportionment from 28 to 29 October 2023 held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. International IDEA, Perludem, Bersih and Tindak Malaysia had jointly organized the roundtable with the objectives of identifying various forms and ways of the occurrence of malapportionment and gerrymandering in the countries in Asia-Pacific region and learning from each other good boundary delimitation practices, thus preventing malapportionment and gerrymandering. It was also expected to elaborate any possible recommendation to tackle malapportionment and gerrymandering issues and to discuss the role of election technology like ERA in promoting sound boundary delimitation processes in accordance with international principles and best practices.

30 participants representing all major democracies in Asia-Pacific attended the programs. Mr.D.M. Dissanayake, AAL, Chief of Operations of CMEV and Mr. Saman Sri Ratnayaka, Commissioner General of the Sri Lanka Election Commission represented Sri Lanka at the discussion and CMEV made a presentation on the history, process and practices of boundary delimitation in Sri Lanka. Following the two days’ discussion over issues and solutions, participants unanimously adopted the “Kuala Lumpur Declaration on Apportionment and Boundary Delimitation” which provides principles and recommendations with regard to apportionment, boundary delimitation, process and institution of delimitation.

Please click here to read full declaration.

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