Bersih 2.0 chief backs Ambiga for EC spot, but says ‘many’ suited for the role

Source: Malay Mail

KUALA LUMPUR, June 21 — Electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 will propose several candidates including Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan for Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s consideration to be the new Electoral Commission (EC) Chairman.

Chairman Shahrul Aman Mohd Saar agreed with the suggestion of Ambiga, but stressed that there were many who would do as well in the role.

“Well she can (carry the responsibility), I think definitely, I am sure the media and Malaysian people also thinks the same.

“But having said that, it is not just one person, there any many persons out there,” he said. Read more

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

Bersih: Free and fair media coverage needed for a more democratic Malaysia

Source: The Malay Mail

Pakatan Harapan supporters at Padang Timur Petaling Jaya. Picture by – Zuraneeza Zulkifli

PETALING JAYA, May 22 — Electoral reform movement Bersih 2.0 maintained the need for free and fair media coverage of all sides of the political divide, as the country collectively embraces a new dawn and a new Malaysia.

Following the fall of the Barisan Nasional (BN) government after holding power for 61 years since independence, Bersih 2.0 said media and broadcasting organisations are now able to cover events organised by the current government and former Opposition coalition, Pakatan Harapan (PH), which the mainstream media had shunned before.

“However, it is important that the media should start a new chapter by giving equal media coverage to all political parties and abandon the old habits of providing one-sided stories in favour of the ruling parties as under BN’s era.

“The taxpayer-funded state media such as radio and television stations should no longer serve the government of the day, but to also provide equal media coverage to all sides for taxpayers to make informed decisions,” the Bersih 2.0 steering committee said in a statement today. 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

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

Protest organisers meet with police

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Police had visited Bersih 2.0’s office in Petaling Jaya last week to interview the group, but later agreed to let the activists provide the statements today. ― Picture courtesy of Bersih 2.0

KUALA LUMPUR, April 2 — Five activist believed to have organised a protest outside Parliament last week went to the Dang Wangi police station today to give their statements for an investigation into their alleged violation of an assembly law.

The group included Bersih 2.0 director Yap Swee Seng, secretariat member Mandeep Singh, acting chairman Shahrul Aman Mohd Shaari, Suaram executive director Sevan Doraisamy and project coordinator Amir And Hadi.

Police had visited Bersih 2.0’s office in Petaling Jaya last week to interview the group, but later agreed to let the activists provide the statements today. Read more

Sempadan baru PRU tidak adil — Bersih 2.0

Sumber: The Malay Mail Online

30 MAC — Pada 28 Mac 2018, parlimen Malaysia telah meluluskan laporan persempadanan semula yang telah dikeluarkan oleh Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) walaupun protes diadakan untuk menarik balik laporan tersebut dari perbicaraan yang belum selesai oleh 107 plaintif yang mewakili lebih daripada 10,000 pengundi terhadap penukaran semula tidak adil oleh SPR.

Gabungan Pilihan Raya Bersih Dan Adil (Bersih 2.0) menyifatkan bahawa parlimen telah menghina dan melanggar prinsip pemisahan kuasa.

Keputusan speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin untuk membentangkan laporan tersebut walapun kes mahkamah masih belum selesai adalah melangkaui kuasa autoriti.

Tindakan beliau seolah-olah langsung tidak menghormati badan kehakiman. Read more

Anti-redelineation protesters march to Parliament against police orders

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (left) speaks during the Bersih 2.0 protest against the Election Commission’s electoral redelineation report in Kuala Lumpur March 28, 2018. ― Picture by Hari Anggara

KUALA LUMPUR, March 28 ― A few hundred people marched through a police barrier in front of Parliament to protest against the tabling of the Election Commission’s (EC) redelineation report today.

The protesters led by several Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders, including PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu, were stopped by another police barricade made up of Light Strike Force officers near the Parliament building bridge.

A group of 10 representatives were then allowed entry into Parliament for the memorandum submission, while the remainder held a sit-in protest outside the bridge around 11.40am. Read more

Gerrymandering, cheating still evident in second redelineation proposal, says Bersih

Source: Written by Bede Hong for The Malaysian Insight

Bersih chairman Maria Chin Abdullah says it is clear the Election Commission wishes to get the electoral delineation proposal passed before the general election, which accounts for its rushing the process when it has until September to complete it. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, January 15, 2018.

THE second redelineation proposal for Selangor’s electoral boundaries, which was released by the Election Commission today, still contains elements of malapportionment and gerrymandering.

Electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 said although fewer seats would be affected by the proposed electoral boundary changes, the commission did not address existing distortions in voter representation.

“Our preliminary analysis shows that the EC has reversed most of its proposed changes in the first display,” Bersih chairman Maria Chin Abdullah said when contacted today.

“However, issues of malapportionment and gerrymandering still exist. The EC has not corrected these problems,” she said.

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Bersih asks EC: Why hold local enquiries during Xmas week

Source: The Star

PETALING JAYA: Bersih 2.0 has criticised the Election Commission’s (EC) move to hold local enquiries for its redelineation exercise in Selangor during the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

“Most urban voters in Selangor will be spending that week of the year celebrating with families and may be on holiday,” the group said in a statement Thursday. Read more