MEO-Net to launch interactive map on election irregularities
Posted on April 8, 2011, Friday
MIRI: Malaysian Election Observers Network (MEO-Net), which will be launching its interactive map on election irregularities today, has called on members of the public to submit irregularities and frauds they had witnessed so that the 10th state election could be kept under close scrutiny.
Spokesperson for MEO-Net (Northern region) Evelyne Tina Tawan claimed that a ‘worrying level’ of irregularities was spotted before and during nomination.
She pointed to the putting up of banners and posters before nomination, campaigning by both sides ahead of nomination day and the short campaigning period as examples of irregularities. Evelyne also claimed that in some places the nomination papers were displayed very far from public view. She explained that the interactive map would showcase a “transparent way” to handle public complaints and it would enable everyone to discuss the issues at hand interactively.
“All complaints need to be documented with proofs and source, though the complainants can stay anonymous on the website for their own protection,” she pointed out. She claimed that MEO-Net had trained and deployed about 100 volunteers throughout the state, with about 20 of them in the northern region.
“Members of the public are welcome to join our voluntary citizen movement to keep the election free and fair.
Members of the public can submit their complaints in five ways, namely through SMS to 019-3940101, email firstname.lastname@example.org; fill up forms provided on http://undisarawak.crowdmap.com, twitting #undisarawak or call MEO-Net through its election fraud hotline 013-5900339.
Note: The interactive map is the joint effort between KOMAS(a network member of MEO-Net) and MEO-Net.