A PBB Assembly women Fatimah claim that 7 days is enough for the candidates to campaign in the coming state elections. Others disagreed with her-including the EC which stick to 10 days campaign period. So can we see if Fatimah will only campaign for 7 days in this coming state elections? But then is the 10 days enough?Both sides in the elections have by all intent and purposes started their campaigns-even though the official campaign period only start from Apr 6th, which is next Wed. If EC’s job is to base its election administration on the consensus of the contending parties then why is it not announce a longer campaign period which all sides practically are demanding? Is the purpose to keep a short official campaign period to stop the Opposition parties to campaign while giving free reign to the ruling BN?
Anwar who arrived in Sarawak yesterday was stopped from speaking in a kampung near Kuching-but why BN campaigners are not stopped? If we look at how both sides have started their campaigns isn’t it hypocritical for BN politicians like Fatimah to claim that they don’t need longer campaign period? The function of a longer campaign period is to allow the candidates/parties to adequately reach out to all voters in the constituencies. If not enough time is allowed to do so the voters can’t be said to have the opportunity to make informed choices. Voters who are rushed into making choices are not doing it freely-thus the elections are not free to that extent. Now the indictment: is the EC trying to rob the voters of their right to make informed choice in a free election?
On the same day this view was reported in Borneo Post the same paper also carried suggestion to lengthen campaign period by UNIMAS lecturere Andrew Aeria and Dr Teo of Miri PKR.