The claim of `competence’ however cannot cover up the fact that these DOs and Council presidents works under the politicians who run in elections where they serve as returning officer. So how dare they find their bosses wrong-as reflected by the fact that the EC hardly enforce any election law in almost all the elections. If ever they do only the Opposition candidates are targetted! So much for `competence’! In some other countries eg Bangladesh, more independent judicial officers are appointed as ROs.
All Returning Officers in Sarawak competent, EC
KUCHING, Feb 21 (Bernama) — All 71 returning officers appointed for the next Sarawak state election are competent as they are qualified and experienced officials, said Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof.
He said the returning officers, who would be assisted by 159 assistant returning officers, were well versed with the Election Commission Act and regulations pertaining to nomination and polling.
A total of 21,000 election workers will be deployed to man 1,740 polling stations and 2,561 voting streams, he told reporters after attending a briefing on the Sarawak 10th state election for returning officers from Kuching Zone here
He said briefings for returning officers from Sibu Zone would be conducted on Wednesday and that of the Miri Zone on Friday.
He said the Election Commission allocated RM45 million for logistics and deployment of 24 helicopters, 63 speedboats, 919 longboats and 4,124 four-wheel-drive vehicles.
“Although we are 65 per cent prepared for the state election, we are ready to swing into action if a snap election is called,” he said, adding that the term of the present state assembly will expire on July 24. – BERNAMA