Despite the mounting evidences of unfairness of the Malaysian elections-starting from non-independent Election Commission itself, the EC’s spokeperson Wan Ahmad still maintain there is no evidence to show the Malaysian elections run by the EC is unfair. It is almost like a drunk insisting that he is sober! The retiring civil servants tasked with running the elections may not have much qualification and competence to run election they had been invited to observe how others have run elections on much more professional basis in Thailand, Indonesia and many other countries which practice competitive electoral democracy. Yet they don’t see where Malaysia has been left behind o many fronts in terms of running fair elections. They need not actually leave offshores to see good models of fair competitions. Just attend a football game to see how fair competitions entail enforcing that both sides have to follow same set of rules-no permanent handicap for any side-even the defending champion!
(Can he see 4 or 5 fingers in front of him?)
EC deputy chief insists elections free and fair
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 10 — The Election Commission (EC) has continued to defend the electoral system, stating in a letter published by Utusan Malaysia today that irregularities have “never been proven” and were based on “assumptions and perception.”Deputy EC chief Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar wrote a point-by-point rebuttal to the Umno-owned newspaper, insisting that there has been no proof of phantom voters and that postal votes, campaign periods and media access was fair.
“We ask them what is not free and what stage is it that they say is unfair?” Wan Ahmad said.
His defence in the Malay daily comes after two recent public debates with Bersih chief Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan in which he faced a hostile crowd.
He had passed the buck on electoral reforms demanded by the coalition of 62 NGOs calling for free and fair elections as they had to be vetted by the Attorney-General before being tabled in Parliament.
But in his letter today, Wan Ahmad added that the opposition “claims that elections are unfair based on several assumptions and perception that they have never been able to prove in court through election petitions.”
He noted that those who made those claims have “won in contests to claim seats in Dewan Rakyat and state legislative assemblies.”
Wan Ahmad added that demands that the campaign period be extended to 21 days were unnecessary as Malaysia had fewer votes but better infrastructure that other countries cited such as Indonesia (140 million) and India (750 million).
He also said that the opposition had access to media via party organs and new media channels “that generally supports their ideology.”
Following the July 9 rally which saw tens of thousands pour into the streets of the capital, Bersih and Pakatan Rakyat (PR) have increased pressure on the Najib administration to implement reforms before a general election expected within the year.
Opposition lawmakers demanded earlier this week an emergency sitting of Parliament after claiming to have found 1,600 foreigners that have been given citizenship and voting rights.
They have also insisted on the use of indelible ink to mark voters as a new biometric system cannot prevent individuals from voting repeatedly if they have been registered in multiple constituencies.