AGC won’t represent EC in election petitions

Source: Malay Mail

Attorney-General Tommy Thomas — Picture by Mukhriz Hazim

KUALA LUMPUR, June 22 — The Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) said today it will not represent the Election Commission (EC) or any parties in election petitions to avoid a conflict of interest.

Attorney General (AG) Tommy Thomas told the EC to recruit its own lawyers instead from the Malaysian Bar.

“As a neutral arbiter in the running of elections, SPR should not be represented by officers from the Chambers because there is a possibility of conflict of interest and the perception that justice must be seen to be done,” Thomas said in a statement, using the Malay initials for the EC. Read more

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

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

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

10,000 Selangor voters fail court challenge against EC redelineation report

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan speaks to members of the press at the Shah Alam High Court on April 20, 2018.― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

SHAH ALAM, April 20 ― The High Court today dismissed a judicial review application by over 10,000 Selangor voters to challenge the Election Commission’s (EC) redelineation report will be used in the May 9 polls.

In her judgment, Justice Datuk Azimah Omar held that the 107 applicants representing the 10,000 voters were not affected by EC’s redrawing of electoral boundaries, and as such, don’t have locus standi to mount the challenge.

“The 107 applicants are simply not in the constituencies in question,” she said.

The judge pointed out that the applicants must prove that they were adversely affected by the EC’s decision.

“There are no reasons whatsoever which warrants this court to interfere with the Parliament’s conducts or the Parliament’s privilege,” she added. Read more

Prove residents asked for change in voting address, EC told

Source: Free Malaysia Today

SHAH ALAM: Klang MP Charles Santiago has demanded that the Election Commission (EC) show letters to prove several Klang residents asked to have their voting addresses transferred to Kamunting, Perak.

Santiago brought two lawyers and six of the affected residents to the EC’s office in Shah Alam today, including one resident who claims he has never registered to vote.

“I believe there’s fraud so we are requesting the EC to prove the residents requested to change their voting address as well as when the transfer was done,” he said.

He said so far, he had heard of 10 cases involving Klang residents whose voting addresses were transferred to Kamunting. 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

Klang residents shocked to find names registered as Kamunting voters

Source: Free Malaysia Today

Klang MP Charles Santiago (centre) with residents who say they now have to travel 300km to vote in Kamunting on May 9. Image from FMT News

KLANG: Several voters in Klang, Selangor, are shocked to find their names listed as voters in Kamunting, Perak — some 300km away from where they live.

Cheong Chee Woh and his wife Loo Sook Whai, both 68, are upset that they would not be able to cast their ballots on May 9.

“We won’t be making the trip to Kamunting. We’re very disappointed that we can’t vote,” said Loo, who has been voting without fail in the last five general elections.

At a press conference today, DAP’s Charles Santiago also highlighted the plight of eight others, including one who has never registered as a voter. Read more

Verdict on the judicial review application filed by over 10,000 Selangor voters

Source: The Malay Mail Online

SHAH ALAM, March 29 — The High Court today fixed April 11 to deliver its verdict on the judicial review application filed by over 10,000 Selangor voters led by Bersih 2.0, objecting to the recent redelineation exercise in the state.

The voters filed a lawsuit through 107 representatives, to ask the court to compel the Election Commission (EC) to hear their objections and to cancel the redelineation report that was submitted to the prime minister.

The redelineation report was however tabled in Dewan Rakyat yesterday, and approved with a simple majority.

“The arguments were heard by both parties, including the argument on whether it is academic, and the court has adjourned the matter to April 11 for a decision,” the group’s lawyer Datuk S. Ambiga said.

“I think we have been asked to advise (our clients), as to whether they (EC) can continue with the election, when there is a pending court decision.

“So we are going to look into that,” she added.

Ambiga expressed hope that the EC would respect the court, and not do anything to override its powers, since the decision has now been fixed for April 11.

The matter today was presided by Judge Datuk Azimah Omar.

The lawsuit was filed last Tuesday at the Shah Alam High Court by former Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah, who is among the 107 voters, as well as Selangor lawmakers such as Hannah Yeoh, Xavier Jayakumar, Tony Pua, Lau Weng San, Rajiv Rishyakaran, Haniza Mohamed Talha and Gan Pei Nei.

The voters are from 11 parliamentary seats and 16 state seats in Selangor.

The judicial review application names the EC, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, and Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Aman Mulia as respondents.

The 107 voters are seeking four court orders, including a declaration that the EC’s failure to hold local enquiries for the 107 objections to its redelineation exercise was “unconstitutional”, and an order to compel the EC to hold local enquiries for the 107 group of voters.

They want the court to declare that the final redelineation report submitted by the EC to the prime minister on March 9 as unconstitutional.

Additionally, they want the courts to issue a stay order to freeze the tabling, debate, discussion or voting on the EC’s redelineation report in the Dewan Rakyat until the end of this lawsuit.

The parliament seats affected are — Selayang, Hulu Langat, Puchong, Kelana Jaya, Petaling Jaya Selatan, Petaling Jaya Utara, Subang, Shah Alam, Kapar, Kota Raja and Sepang.

The state seats are — Kuang, Rawang, Taman Medan, Kota Damansara, Batu Tiga, Sementa, Seri Andalas, Sri Muda, Subang Jaya, Seri Setia, Bukit Gasing, Kampung Tunku, Damansara Utama, Tanjong Sepat, Dengkil and Sungai Pelek.

Bersih 2.0 said that the EC’s failure to include the 107 groups of voters in its second round of local enquiries held from February 26 to March 1 has denied over 10,000 voters their constitutional rights to be heard.

According to Bersih 2.0 acting chairman Shahrul Aman Mohd Saari, the electoral watchdog had sent two official letters dated February 28 and March 9 to the EC, but did not receive any reply.

In the two letters sighted by Malay Mail, the EC was asked to provide the status of the objections and local enquiries for Selangor voters who did not receive any notification from the EC.