While the government is flirting with the idea of including NGO( and even Opposition members by an UMNO ex-minister) in the Election Commission who are our present Election Commissioners before they are appointed? Have they the requisite qualifications and training to take up the most important post? The previous post of the current Election Commissioners -given below, does not seems to inspire confidence. You can see a number of them are from the Home Ministry before-Abdul Aziz, Wan Ahmad, and the policeman Christopher Wan. Other than these there is 1 in charge of printing-Jamdin Buyong, another in charge of rural welfare/Kemas-Mohd Ramji Alli, 1 state secretary -Hj Zainal Abidin, and another one, Dr P Manogran, from Ministry of Human Resource. Why they can’t allow the better talents like ex-judges, Bar Council leaders, distinguished lawyers, law academics, civil society leaders-or even a football referee has better experiences in running a competition on a level playing field!
So here you are the backgrounds to the current 7 Election Commissioners:
Chairman-Tan Sri Dato’ SeriAbdul Aziz bin Mohd Yusof: Sec. Gen. Home Ministry
Dy Chairman-Datuk Wira Hj. Wan Ahmad bin Wan Omar:Div Sec Gen Security/Political Affairs. PM’S Dept.
Member:Dato’ Hj.Zainal Abidin Hj. Mat Said: Pahang State Secretary
Member:Datuk Hj.Jamdin Buyong: Dir. Govt Printers Sabah
Member:Dato Hj. Mohamad Ramji Alli: KEMAS Director Sarawak
Member:Datuk Dr. P. Manogran: Sec Gen Ministry Human Recs.
Member:Datuk Christopher Wan Soo Kee :Director CID, PDRM, Bukit Aman