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Archive for April 21st, 2012

The Registrar of Society has been notorious in giving fast track registration to political parties which are BN friendly-and delay those which are not. It is interesting to note that the ROS officer has admitted that 5 parties waiting registration are not racial. Wait a minute: there are at least 3 avowedly racial parties already registered by the ROS: UMNO, MCA and MIC. How come they can pass the `non-racial’ test of the ROS? Shouldn’t these parties be de-registered instantly now that the ROS mentioned that non-racial is acriteria for party registration? It is ironical that James Masing reportedly blew his top when a new party Worker Party formed by his former party rival S’ng Chee Hua, was given quick registration recently. Why should he-when his pro-BN party PRS also obtained `instant registration’ treatment from ROS! Why should he pretend surprise at the ease of how Worker Party obtain their registration??? ROS has once again shows that it is not a body suited to register political parties-the job should belong to the Election Commission when it is properly reformed!

Saturday April 21, 2012

Applications of five new parties still under consideration by ROS

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There are many changes proposed by the EC either on its own or in compliance with the 22 recommendations by the PSC on electoral reforms. One of them stand out: the voters rights to scrutinise the candidates’ nominations have been removed! Does it come from the fact that the BN big wigs have been caught with their nomination papers in blatant violation of the laws in recent elections? In 2004 the then PM Badawi was found not to have filed his campaign expenses for the previous election-but his nomination was accepted. Then in 2010 Sarawak state election CM Taib Mahmud’s brother was caught with similar contravention of the nomination requirement. His papers was accepted later in the afternoon. Such lapses must have caught BN leaders by surprise-and the `need’ to patch up this `weakness’ which were used to trap Opposition candidates before. So for coming elections: voters and parties will lose their right to object to any candidates! If ths were true: What a shame!

Minimum 10-Day Campaigning For GE 13
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