Bersih: Vote buying, other offences, rampant in S’wak polls

Source: FMT News

Election watchdog laments that repeat offences are going unpunished, as it releases preliminary report on the May 7 Sarawak State Election.

Election watchdog laments that repeat offences are going unpunished, as it releases preliminary report on the May 7 Sarawak State Election.

PETALING JAYA : Election watchdog Bersih 2.0 announced today that both the BN and the Opposition committed election offences in the recent Sarawak State Election.

Its chairman Maria Chin Abdullah and several committee members revealed that these were mainly repeat offences, such as bribery, intimidation and usage of government machinery. She lamented the inaction on the part of the Election Commission for years over such offences.

“What is worrying is that these (offences) are not new. It’s done in every election. Today, we are having election offences being repeated on a much larger scale. Yet the EC does not open its mouth or take action to stop these offences,” she told a press conference at the NGO’s headquarters.

Among the highlights of the Bersih report are cases of voting slips containing the BN logo found in various constituencies, including Telang Usan, Asajaya, Stakan, Kalaka, Tasik Biru and Batu Kitang. These slips, Bersih claims, were later exchanged for money. Read more