Bersih 2.0 claims more soldiers shifted as voters to unbuilt camps

Source: The Malay Mail Online

PETALING JAYA, Nov 7 ― More military personnel and their spouses have been transferred as voters to yet-to-be-built camps in several locations in peninsular Malaysia, Bersih 2.0 claimed today.

The elections watchdog said its investigations found the Election Commission (EC) had made voter transfers to locations in at least two states other than one it had previously highlighted in Segamat, Johor ― including to one in the constituency of Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

According to Bersih 2.0, up to 2,700 persons to the Bera Camp in Pahang and Hutan Melintang Camp in Perak, both of which are still under construction.

The group alleged that the transfers were politically motivated, pointing to the EC’s set-up of new localities to register voters from the camps.

“The EC had actually set up localities for these new camps,” the group’s co-chairman, Maria Chin Abdullah, told a press conference here. Read more

Ban foreign donors, political funding panel says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The bi-partisan panel on political funding says cash donations from foreign sources to a political party or politician should be banned. — AFP pic

The bi-partisan panel on political funding says cash donations from foreign sources to a political party or politician should be banned. — AFP pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 30 ― The bi-partisan panel on political funding wants all forms of foreign donations banned under a proposed law to regulate political financing.

The proposal was part of the 32 recommendations in a report prepared and released by the National Consultative Committee on Political Financing today.

“Cash donations from foreign sources to a political party or politician should be banned.

“This includes donations from individuals, companies, foundations, organisations, associations or any registered or non-registered entities that are not domiciled in Malaysia,” the panel said in its report. Read more

Panel proposes RM3,000 ceiling before political donors must be named

Source: The Malay Mail Online

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The National Consultative Committee on Political Financing proposes 32 recommendations on political funding reforms. — AFP pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 30 — The special panel on political funding has proposed a new law on the matter to curb abuses, but suggested that this may not be in place before the general election after the next.

Among the proposals listed in the Political Donations and Expenditure Act (PDEA) is the formation of an independent oversight body with the power, to among others, confiscate money from unknown sources.

The body, to be overseen by a Parliamentary Standing Committee on Political Financing, will be called the Controller of Political Donations and Expenditure (Controller).

“We need to regulate political financing. Not to say that there is no need for money … there is a need to manage it to reduce abuses,” Minister in the Prime Minister Department Senator Datuk Paul Low told reporters here. Read more

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

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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

Bersih 2.0: EC can make candidates reveal how much parties spend for campaigns

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, March 2 — Election laws dictate that the Election Commission (EC) has the power to compel candidates to disclose how much of their campaign funds came from their respective political parties, polls reform group Bersih 2.0 said.

Maria Chin Abdullah, the group’s chairman, said the election regulator cannot shirk its responsibilities by saying it only has power to monitor the campaign expenses of individual candidates.

“EC can’t say political parties’ expenses is not under their purview. Under S15-15A (of the Election Offences Act) when scrutinising the submission of accounts, EC can ask questions like what part of the expenses comes from political parties?” she told Malay Mail Online when contacted.

Chin was responding to EC chairman Datuk Seri Hashim Abdullah’s statement last week that investigating how much political parties spend during elections is beyond the commission’s purview and control. Read more