The Malaysian Election Commission chairman follow the example of Malaysian ministers to boast that Malaysia has one of the fairest elections in the world, despite numerous criticisms of the elections mis-administered by them over the decades(see report below). Previously the DPM boasted that the education system and the rate of deaths in custody are among the world’s top. It seems that the EC chair is willing to tread between the treacherous line between credibility and plausibility to follow in the footsteps of his political superiors! Once he go on this tack the number of boasts just can’t stop from coming out of his gap: he claimed that observers are welcome-despite MEONET’s and other observers’ applications; he claimed that the EC is asking legal opinion if they can strike off dubious voters-despite the fact that many applicants have dubious citizenship in the first place. The list goes on and on. The Pinocio’s nose is poking through the window…
EC wants power to strike off dubious voters from list
by Johnson K Saai, firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted on April 10, 2012, Tuesday
KUCHING: The Election Commission is mulling to seek power under the law to strike out names of dubious voters from the electoral roll.
At present the commission is not given any power to remove names of voters from the electoral rolls even if there were doubts over the authenticity of the voters.
Speaking at a media conference after the launch of election briefing for returning officers (RO) and assistant returning officers (ARO) here yesterday, EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof revealed that he was consulting his legal advisors on whether EC could be given the power to delete such names.
“I was advised by the EC panel members that under the law, we can’t simply delete names from our electoral rolls.
“That is the reason we can
not delete anyone’s name even though they are considered dubious, unless we are very sure,” he said.
Abdul Aziz added that the National Registration Department (NRD) conducted a very thorough verification exercise recently and found 42,051 of the names in the electoral roll were doubtful.
Although the status of the 42,001 registered voters were doubtful the EC chairman said there was nothing the commission could do.
“Of course deep inside my heart I want to delete doubtful voters from the list but then again under the law it is not the right thing to do.
“The commission has no right to delete any names from the electoral roll unless they are confirmed to be dead,” he noted.
Earlier Abdul Aziz took a swipe at Bersih 3.0 saying he could not see any valid reason for the group to hold a sit-down protest rally in Kuala Lumpur on April 28 against the country’s election process.
He added the commission had gone through all the relevant proposals and recommendations put forward by the group and necessary actions had been taken and there was nothing they should be unhappy about.
“I really don’t know what this group really wants. When this group who calls themselves Bersih came to meet us they put forward 17 proposals which we discussed at length.
“After the long discussion the number dropped to eight out of which only four were under the purview of EC and the rest within the jurisdiction of other agencies.
“Not long after that they requested for another meeting and I told them that the matters they have brought up had been referred to the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) for consideration,” he said.
Abdul Aziz said basically the main concern of the group was to ensure a clean electoral roll to which the commission had responded to.
“In fact we are cleaning up the electoral roll on a daily basis quietly.
“We referred the 12.7 million voters to NRD asking them to check for us.”
Meanwhile, he said contrary to what some people claimed, the country’s election process in fact could be considered to be among the fairest in the world.
“As far as election is concerned I would say that Malaysia is a very free and democratic country. During elections we do welcome both domestic and international observers because we have nothing to hide,” he said.