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