It has been reported in Parliament that the Election Commission spent Rm50mil on the 10th Sarawak state elections, but the Home Ministry ie police, spent another RM30mil on it! There should be an audit on where the police spent the substantial money on providing security to elections where all the years the police claimed that the elections are peaceful and orderly? Just by way of comparison: in a typical polling station there should be 1 KTM, 3 polling clerks and a police at the door. On top of that there are another 2 polling clerks at the EC booth outside the class rooms/polling stations, and a police at the main gate going into the polling centre, and possibly another police monitoring the 50m restricted zone. The EC staff are employed as new temporary staff whereas the police are all existing staff. So: how come the police spent so much money as a proportion of the EC’s expenses ie 60%? This is state election. In by-elections Police spend 5-10 times more than the EC!
It is time the waste at the police administration is given more scrutiny. The extra allocations given to the EC and police in the 10th Sarawak state elections should be welcomed-but the voters should expect better and cost-efficient services. Wonder if any voters see better services from these 2 departments? For the EC-which has been given 50% more budget than the last state elections in 2006, were there
-more voter education material produced and exhibited?
-more neutrality and professionalism by the KTM, Returning Officers etc to make decision on candidates and polling processes?
-better arrangement at the polling centre to make the place more universally accessible?
For the police did they
-take away all the cameras they set up outside the polling centres?(a waste of time to intimidate voters!)
-take away SBs without EC badges from the polling centres?
-stop VIPs from entering the polling centres illegally?
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