Bersih 2.0 gesa tubuh RCI siasat penipuan PRU14

Sumber: The Malaysian Insight

BERSIH 2.0 menggesa Suruhanjaya Siasatan Diraja (RCI) bagi kes penipuan pilihan raya pada Pilihan Raya Umum ke 14.

Pemerhati pilihan raya itu berkata, walaupun bekas pengerusi Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya Hashim Abdullah bersara awal, siasatan komprehensif ke atas suruhanjaya lain dalam badan itu juga perlu dilihat.

“Kami menggesa RCI ditubuhkan bagi menyiasat penipuan pilihan raya dan kesalahan yang berlaku ketika PRU14, dan untuk menyiasat peranan yang dimainkan oleh pesuruhjaya dalam menyelesaikan isu ini atau tidak,” kata jawatankuasa pemandu Bersih 2.0 dalam satu kenyataan hari ini.

“RCI mesti dilengkapkan dalam tempoh enam bulan dari permulaannya.”

Bersih 2.0 turut menggesa enam lagi pesuruhjaya SPR untuk meletakkan jawatan.

“Bersih 2.0 menuntut enam pesuruhjaya untuk meletakkan jawatan mereka serta merta kerana kegagalan mereka menegakkan, mempertahankan dan melaksanakan hak demokrasi untuk mengundi dan juga mengamalkan pilihan raya, bersih, bebas dan adil,” menurut kenyataan itu. Read more

Malaysian elections: Next government must prioritize human rights — Amnesty International

Source: Amnesty International

Malaysia’s next government must put human rights at the heart of its policies and avoid repressive tactics like those that have marked the general election build-up, Amnesty International said ahead of polling day on 9 May.

“As Malaysians head to the polls, they will do so in a country where the space for freedom of expression has shrunk alarmingly in recent years. Regardless of who wins the vote this Wednesday, the next government must usher in a new era of respect for human rights,” said Rachel Chhoa-Howard, Amnesty International’s Malaysia Researcher.

“Predictably, the authorities have placed arbitrary restrictions on the opposition, media and rights defenders leading up to the vote. Malaysians deserve a country where their rights are defended and upheld, not increasingly restricted at every turn.” Read more

Only 212,834 postal voters in GE14, says EC

Source: The Malay Mail

Malaysian electoral votes being taken for counting — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

PUTRAJAYA, May 6 —The Election Commission (EC) refuted allegations that there are up to four million postal voters in the 14th general election (GE14) when the actual number is only 212,834 people encompassing various categories of applications.

EC chairman Tan Sri Mohd Hashim Abdullah said the total covered 149,730 via Form 1A involving election, armed forces, police and media personnel.

“Applications through Form 1B comprise Malaysians abroad totalling 7,979 applicants,” he said in a statement here today. Read more

Now you listen to us, NGOs tell incoming gov’t

Source: Malaysiakini

Three days before Malaysia goes to a vote, civil society groups have presented their aspirations to the incoming government.

It was time the government started listening to its people, said the organisers of today’s ‘Forum aspirasi rakyat’ (People’s aspirations forum), veterans’ NGO Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan (Patriot).

“It is no more our leaders saying, ‘You listen to us’.

“But it is for us to say to them, ‘You listen to us instead’,” said Patriot president Mohd Arshad Raji in his opening address at the Mines International Exhibition and Convention Centre (MIECC) in Seri Kembangan.

Common aspirations put forth were the need for a clear separation of powers between the judiciary, executive and legislative arms of the government, as well as for the country’s institutions to be made independent of political influence. Read more

EC responsible for 10 electoral crimes in GE14, Bersih prelim report finds

Source: The Edge Markets

Bersih 2.0 acting chairman Shahrul Aman Mohd Saari, executive director Yap Swee Seng, steering committee members Rama Ramanathan and Mandeep Singh want EC to clarify issues highlighted on social media. Pic from FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR (May 6): The Election Commission (EC) is responsible for 10 electoral crimes, according to electoral reform group The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) preliminary findings on the integrity of the electoral process and system in the 14th General Elections (GE14).

At a press conference today, Bersih 2.0 acting chairperson Shahrul Aman Mohd Saari these findings are based on the group’s ongoing monitoring of the electoral system since 2006 and the PEMANTAU (Election Observers) campaign which focuses on election offenses in the past six months.

“Bersih 2.0 concludes that EC of Malaysia has failed to command public confidence in managing the electoral process and system of Malaysia, in particular for GE14. The seven members of the EC -Tan Sri Mohd Hashim Abdullah, Othman Haji Mahmood, Md Yusop Haji Mansor, Abdul Aziz Khalidin, Sulaiman Haji Narawi, Bala Singam a/l Karupiah, and Leo Chong Cheong have committed 10 serious crimes against the voters in Malaysia, and in so doing has ruined the integrity of GE14,” he said.

Hence, Shahrul Aman said Bersih 2.0 concluded that the upcoming GE14 is already not clean, free, or fair even before the polling day. Read more

EC says careful MyKad checks prevent double voting

Source: The Malay Mail

KUALA LUMPUR, May 5 — The Election Commission (EC) assured Malaysians not to worry about electoral fraud, saying each voter has only one MyKad which is scrutinised to prevent double voting.

EC deputy chairman Tan Sri Othman Mahmood said close scrutiny of the MyKads of advance voters who cast their vote today and regular voters who will mark their ballot papers on May 9 will be conducted to ensure there is no repeat voting, Berita Harian reported today.

“We will check each individual’s documents in detail on these two days to avoid any issue from arising. However, I am sure all voters are already mature enough to vote prudently. Read more

GE14 Media Watch – A Moment for Women?

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The upcoming GE14 has been remarked to be “the mother of all elections”. Yet, it has come to the attention of women’s rights activists that Malaysia still has a long way to go in amplifying the voices of women and their sociopolitical and economic interest. In this special session, Imagined Malaysia gathers prominent observers who have contributed to highlighting the discourse on women’s political representation in all forms of media.

Date: 28 April 2018
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Venue: Gerakbudaya, 2, Jalan Bukit 11/2, Seksyen 11, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Fadiah Nadwa Fikri is a tireless human rights lawyer and a leading figure in the recent Malaysia Muda movement. She was a member of the Steering Committee of Bersih 2.0, a coalition of 89 civil society organisations for free and fair elections. She was a secretariat member of SUARAM, one of the leading human rights advocacy NGOs in Malaysia that deals with detention without trial, police brutality, abuse of police powers, the protection of refugees and migrant workers, indigenous peoples’ rights and corruption.

Gayathry Venkiteswaran is a PhD candidate at the University of Nottingham Malaysia. Her research focus is on media reforms in Southeast Asia. Prior to this, she was the executive director of the Bangkok-based Southeast Asian Press Alliance, working on press freedom and access to information in the region. Before joining SEAPA, she headed a Malaysian press freedom organisation, the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ), worked as a journalist and taught media history and journalism in a number of private colleges and universities.

Ain Nasiehah is an Advocacy and Capacity Building Officer at EMPOWER, a women’s rights organisation. Keen on women’s political participation in Malaysia, Ain works closely with Orang Asal women and women who remain in the margins of society. She helps to create a more enabling environment for their voices to be heard and for women to fully exercise their agency. She is looking forward to seeing women from all backgrounds to reclaim their public presence and participation, and to mainstream women as leaders everywhere – not just in a few sectors.

Amazing! EC allows 39 ways of marking a ballot paper

Source: Free Malaysia Today

Bersih 2.0 acting chairman Shahrul Aman Mohd Saari, executive director Yap Swee Seng, steering committee members Rama Ramanathan and Mandeep Singh want EC to clarify issues highlighted on social media. Pic from FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Electoral reform group Bersih 2.0 has questioned the absence of a voting guide on the Election Commission’s (EC) website, especially on how to vote.

Steering committee member Mandeep Singh said he found 39 valid methods to mark a ballot paper.

“The information isn’t available on their website. We only got this when we attended the Paca (polling and counting agents) training at the EC.

“Only those who attended the training by EC have this information.

“What is more worrying is whether all the volunteers and EC workers are aware of all these 39 valid methods of marking a ballot paper.

“If they are unaware, they may interpret these other methods as spoilt votes,” said Mandeep. Read more

The election money game — Gurdial Singh Nijar

Source: The Sun Daily

(Deputy President, HAKAM)

THE election money game is on! Promises of goodies if a party is voted in, such as a long overdue road or a kampung bridge or the abolition of tolls, which are often accompanied by open threats that all this will be denied if the votes do not materialise.

This in flagrant concealment of the stark truth that, in any event, the money and development will come from the public taxpayer – not the personal coffers of the party or its leader.

There is a law called the Election Offences Act. It prescribes what can or cannot be done. The Election Commission (EC) oversees the election to make sure that all is fair and legal. No undue advantage. No bribery. No undue influence. No use of government machinery. No money spent beyond the permitted amount – RM100,000 for a state seat; and RM200,000 for a parliamentary seat.

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Suhakam: Questions about EC’s impartiality ‘legitimate’

Source: The Malay Mail Online

An Election Commission officer, Haziyatul Amirah shows an Indelible ink bottle (L) during a demonstration at the Election Commission offices in Putrajaya on May 2, 2013. Electoral reform groups expressed concern over reports that ink to mark voters could be washed off, heightening fraud fears in what are expected to be Malaysia’s tighest fought polls ever. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN

KUALA LUMPUR, April 11 — The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) said today there was validity to public doubts about the ability of Malaysia’s poll regulators to act fairly and without bias.

In remarks emphasising the importance of a properly functioning democracy, it said the EC’s demonstrable neutrality and impartiality in this area were vital to preserving public confidence in the country’s polling process.

“Suhakam accepts the legitimacy of these questions and understands the declining public confidence in the EC as the redelineation of electoral boundaries was widely seen to be unfair, biased and disproportionate,” it said in a statement.

“Suhakam found that there was insufficient information on the effect of the redelineation and a lack of meaningful public consultation on the exercise, in breach of the right to freedom of information.” Read more