When asked why the EC is not enforcing the laws against politicians who grow in blatancy to buy votes at elections the EC Chief Tan Sri Abdul Aziz reportedly uttered these (in)famous words to extricate himself from any responsibility:`I’m no experts…’ The public do expect the EC to play an honest referee to penalise-even to kick out, non-rule compliant players in a competition. If the referee proclaim his ignorance can he continue to play the referee?
The root to this problem where the EC can try to hide behind a proclaimation that reflect incompetence is the appointment of senior/retiring civil servants as EC commissioners, who are, from their backgrounds, lacks competence in election administration. So: is this done on purpose so that these civil servants, who have all their life take instruction from the politicians, find it difficult to enforce any laws against the politicians whom they call boss all their working life?
The alternative would be to appoint judicial officers (retired judges, senior lawyers, civil society leaders, law academics etc) who are arguably more independent in their social positions from the government and have more cometence in the area of election administration. This is actually done in many other countries eg Bangladesh.
The Sarawak state elections are coming soon-but look like the election administrators are the least ready for them!
All the more reasons there should be more people organised to watch over the election conduct to put counter-pressure on it against the expected election fraudsters!