Posts Tagged ‘EC Resign


Malaysia has worst set of electoral laws in the world!

EIP: M’sia’s polls law, boundaries worst in world

Malaysia has the worst set of electoral laws in the world, with boundary lines drawn in the worst ways, the Electoral Integrity Project found.

This places Malaysia among countries with “low electoral integrity” ranking 114 out of 127 nations surveyed along with the likes of Angola, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and Egypt, EIP’s 2014 report said.

It trails far behind neighbour Indonesia, which ranks 51st for its presidential elections. The Philippines and Thailand rank 91st and 88th place respectively.

Malaysia was dragged down by its score for voting boundaries, where it scored 28 out of 100 – the world in the world. The average score was 64.

International and domestic experts who responded to EIP’s survey after GE13, said Malaysia’s electoral boundaries discriminated against some parties, favoured incumbents and were not impartial.

Similarly, Malaysia took the last spot in electoral laws by scoring a dismal 33, far beind the global average of 64, the report found.

Repondents said Malaysia’s laws were unfair to smaller parties, favoured governing parties and restricted citizens’ rights.

It however met the world average for voting process, with respondents saying there were few cases of violence during polls or fraudulent votes case, a simple voting process and option to vote for overseas Malaysians.

All 127 countries surveyed were measured on electoral laws, electoral procedures, district boundaries, voter registration, party and candidate registration, media coverage, campaign financing, voting process, vote count, results and election authorities.

Analysing Malaysia in greater detail, EIP’s University of Sydney researcher Max Gromping said malpportionment and “other irregularities” has been said to be the reason for BN’s victory.

Feb 21, 2015 – Malaysiakini
EIP: M’sia’s polls law, boundaries worst in world


EC’s delineation proposal for Sarawak defies logic

COMMENT Rise of Sarawak Efforts (Rose), a group of concerned citizens, is unhappy with the unequalised constituencies proposed by the Election Commission (EC) in its recent electoral delineation and delimitation exercise for Sarawak.

After detailed analysis of the EC proposals to increase Sarawak’s state assembly seats by 11 constituencies (from 71 to 82), Rose believes that the EC has failed to comply with its constitutional obligations as defined by Section 2 (c), Part 1 of the 13th Schedule to the Federal Constitution, which states:

“The number of electors within each constituency in a state ought to be approximately equal except that having regard to the greater difficulty of reaching electors in the country districts and the other disadvantages facing rural constituencies, a measure of weightage for area ought to be given to such constituencies.”

Although duty-bound to adhere to this key principle, the EC has not done so for reasons unknown.

To date, despite repeated requests by political parties and interested civil society groups, the EC has not provided voters and the general public with any rationale as to how it arrived at its proposals.

State constituencies with huge numbers of electors, like Pelawan (N54 – 31,388 voters) and Pending (N10 – 30,881 voters) did not see their boundaries redrawn or any reduction in the number of voters.

Instead, areas redrawn are rural constituencies like Murum (N66 – 7,648 voters), Telang Usan (N77 – 6,691 voters) and Gedong (N26 – 6,340 voters).

Furthermore, blatant discrepancies like Padungan (N9 – 22,873 voters) and Satok (N8 – 13,580 voters) which are urban state assembly seats within Kuching City and situated just next to each other, were not redrawn for reasons only known to the EC.

The entrenched democratic principle of ‘One Vote, One Value’ has been further eroded. If based on 82 state seats and 31 parliamentary seats and the number of voters on EC’s electoral roll as at April 30, 2014, the average number of voters for each state constituency, is 13,526 while for Parliament it is 35,778.

To ensure compliance with the above constitutional principle and to ensure each voter has a vote of equal value, the number of voters in each state seat should not deviate too far from this Electoral Quotient (EQ).

With the new EC proposals, one vote in Telang Usan is now worth 4.69 times that of a vote in Pelawan. One vote in Gedong is now worth nearly five times (4.95 times) that of a vote in Pelawan.

The EC’s proposals hence do not improve the variations from the said average, but instead have worsened them.

Instead of enhancing democracy by equalising the value of votes, the EC has undermined democracy by unfairly redrawing constituency boundaries. EC’s proposals are thus defective, unfair and undemocratic.

Jan 21, 2015 – Malaysiakini
By Rise of Sarawak Efforts
EC’s delineation proposal for Sarawak defies logic


Indelible ink: Zaidi sacked, EC gets off scot-free

Bersih: Zaidi sacked, EC gets off scot-free

While serviceman Major Zaidi Ahmad was sacked today after telling the press the indelible ink used by the Election Commission rubbed off, no action was taken on the EC over the ink, electoral watchdog group Bersih said.

The military court today dismissed the Air Force pilot of 26 years from service after he was found guilty of making a press statement without approval from the Armed Forces Council.

“Despite his valiant efforts, no action has been taken on the EC till this very day, and no one from the EC has ever had to account for this sham.

“Nothing has ever come from the hundreds of police report lodged against the EC over this except for this particular one, which resulted in punishment for the whistleblower instead of the wrongdoer,” it said in a statement.

It said that the faulty ink was “the biggest scandal among the irregularities that marred the 13th general election”.

“For that, he has paid a heavy price, while Malaysia, too, has lost a fine soldier today.”

The fact that the military court did not wait for the judicial review challenging the court’s authority on the matter is also unfair, it said.

Zaidi does not want to appeal the decision, but Bersih said the judicial review could bring some measure of justice for the pilot.

Jan 12, 2015 – Malaysiakini
Bersih: Zaidi sacked, EC gets off scot-free


Bersih: EC hiding ‘monkey business’ with incomplete maps?

Bersih hit out at the Election Commission’s (EC) response to a serious omission in the delineation maps today saying the present information serves to obfuscate the process.

In a statement today, Bersih’s steering committee said the EC’s response to their complaint on Tuesday “leaves a lot to be desired”.

“EC chairperson Abdul Aziz Yusoff (left) did not appear to understand our major contention that the maps did not feature boundaries of polling districts, an essential piece of information that can help voters ascertain whether there is gerrymandering,” said Bersih.

“And we are certain, based on the EC’s record, that there would be plenty of that monkey business in its proposed electoral boundaries for Sarawak.”

The coalition for clean and fair elections explained the information that the EC said was already included, was missing from the maps and placed elsewhere in a booklet that still did not show the boundaries.

“His claim that all details are in a booklet made available where the new electoral maps are being displayed is another deflection, for the details are not in the form of maps that show the boundaries of polling districts, but merely a list of polling districts in each constituency and the number of electors in them.

“This still doesn’t help a potential objector identify where these polling districts are located with a constituency, to make a meaningful objection,” said the group headed by chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah

Public consultation ‘farce’

Hence, Bersih’s steering committee said, by obscuring the polling district boundaries from the public, the EC is “making a farce” of the people’s constitutional s.

“While we are happy to hear that the chairperson reportedly said they will be uploaded onto the EC’s website soon, again, however, we ask: how useful are such maps that do not show the polling district boundaries?” the committee said.

The Sarawak delineation exercise has come under increasing criticism, for example with Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming today questioning the rationale behind the EC’s decision to allow parliamentary seats to remain the same while increasing the number of state seats.

Jan 8, 2015 – Malaysiakini
Bersih: EC hiding ‘monkey business’ with incomplete maps?


Redelineation in Sarawak – “Gerrymandering at its best”

Polls body bulldozing new Sarawak boundaries for state elections, says DAP

The Election Commission continues to draw fire over its proposed redelineation of boundaries in Sarawak, with a DAP lawmaker accusing the polls body of “bulldozing” the exercise to be in time for the state elections which are due next year at the latest.

Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming questioned the EC’s rationale not to add parliamentary seats despite creating 11 new state constituencies, justifying the increase in state seats with a growing voter population.

“If an increase in the voting population is used to justify the increase in state seats, why should that rationale not apply to parliamentary seats as well?” he asked in a statement today.

“One cannot help but suspect that the real reason there were no additional parliamentary seats was because this would require a constitutional amendment at the parliamentary level where Barisan Nasional does not possess a two-thirds majority.”

Had the EC proposed additions to parliamentary constituencies, the Sarawak exercise could be delayed as the amendment would be stuck at the parliamentary level, he added.

“The non-increase in the number of parliamentary seats while at the same time increasing state seats is a clear indication that the Election Commission is not complying with democratic principles but is bowing down to political expediency in wanting to bulldoze the new Sarawak delimitation exercise in time for the Sarawak elections, due by 2016.”

This, he said, showed that the polls body had failed to come up with a redelineation exercise that was independent, fair and transparent and urged parties concerned with the matter to reject the “undemocratic” exercise.

“Political parties, civil society organisations and the public who are concerned about upholding free and fair elections must join together to reject this unfair and undemocratic Sarawak redelineation exercise.”

The EC has come under criticism over the delineation of Sarawak constituencies, amid speculations of snap polls.

Its proposed redelineation maps were put on display for public feedback on Monday in the state capital, Kuching, and in district offices.

It has proposed the 11 new seats as N13 Batu Kitang, N17 Stakan, N18 Serembu, N23 Triboh, N26 Gedong, N40 Kabong, N57 Telian, N63 Selirik, N66 Murum, N70 Samalaju and N78 Long Lama.

Polls watchdog Bersih 2.0 has claimed that the exercise has caused inequalities in the constituency sizes and Sarawak political analysts have said that the EC’s proposed plan was an example of “gerrymandering at its best”.

Polls body bulldozing new Sarawak boundaries for state elections, says DAP
8 January 2015 – TMI


Time to change Election Commission

Time to change Election Commission, speak with one voice – Sakmongkol AK47

Of course I am angry. We have worked very hard. People are surprised that DAP lost. We did not mind battling against vote buying, intimidation, threats and so on. We expect BN to resort to every possible means to stay in power. We had no doubts, that had the Election Commission (EC) acted judiciously and impartially and we had a level playing field, BN is finished.

The Teluk Intan by election has proven and convinced me of two things: one, the playing field must be leveled, two, we need to change the EC and we must remove its blundering and subservient chairman.

By doing these two things, only then we can have a fair elections.

No period in our political history has vote buying been more wanton and blatant than during Najib’s time. He uses threats, intimidation, controlling the government apparatus, institutions and finally money. He pays his way through. He is behaving just like Assad of Syria, but without the guns and canons.

Pakatan Rakyat must get registered and speak with one voice. It must now sit down and refocus. We are tired that every time on stage, PAS speaks about nothing but hudud. And Anwar Ibrahim is making people tired when each time on stage, he speaks about the injustices that had befallen him. And Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, while making the right sound bites, is speaking like a hermit from Langgak Golf. If he wants change, he must come out and lead.

We must speak with one voice of a common agenda, to create a new Malaysia founded on the principles of rule of law and fair and just policies. That kind of government is secured through fair elections umpired by a conscientious EC.

The EC has showed that it is utterly impotent when Zahid Hamidi issued threats to Rela, promised it uniforms, promised it development, all kinds of promises, buying of votes, bribery and so on so forth. They remain silent when all kinds of abuses and vote-buying are committed by the ruling government.

The chairman of the EC should be removed. The commission in fact came out saying corruption is no corruption. This BN will never cede power if the playing field is not level, and if the subservient EC is not removed!

The DAP made the right decision when fielding Dyana Sofea Mohd Daud. It shows to the country that it is serious in pursuing a cause for a Malaysia for all without distinction of race, colour and creed. Everyone is given equal protection under a government operating on the principle of rule of law.

This is only minor setback. The DAP leadership must not waver from this mission.

The DAP’s decision has struck terror in the minds of Umno. The younger generation who came and hugged Lim Guan Eng (mostly Malays) did so saying encouraging things about the DAP’s decision. The younger generation can now see there is hope and a better future for the country without the morbid racism and supremacist rants of Umno.

We can say, the future voters are already with DAP and Pakatan Rakyat and these sentiments must not be allowed to mellow as they get older.

The future of this country’s lies with the establishment of a good government, consisting of good people, with the correct set of values.

As a person directly watching the younger generation of DAP leaders, I have no doubt DAP is well prepared for the future.

But before we do all that, we must have fair elections. We must have a conscientious and law abiding EC. And our Pakatan partners must stop talking about uncommon issues.

We ask the EC one simple question, how to tally the number of votes with voters? You can’t keep silent on this matter. –

Time to change Election Commission, speak with one voice – Sakmongkol AK47
2 June 2014 – TMI


‘Next election would be stolen if EC creates new seats’

Bersih want amendments done to the Constitution before EC’s redelineation exercise begins.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Election Commission (EC) is scheduled to begin the redelineation exercise in March and election reform watchdog, Bersih 2.0 fears that it will be a one-sided affair again.

Bersih is against the redelinenation exercise being conducted without the amending of Article 46 of the 13th schedule in the Federal Constitution, which determines the number of parliamentary seats.

“If the EC starts the redelineation exercise without amending Article 46, Bersih will file a court injunction to stop the exercise. We will hold them accountable,” said former Bersih steering committee member, Wong Chin Huat.

He said this in reaction to EC chairman Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof’s statement that the EC is planning to split parliamentary constituencies to ensure that there would only be 100,000 voters for each constituency, as reported in the Chinese newspaper, Sin Chew Daily on Jan 7, 2014.

“Bersih would object to any attempts to increase the number of seats since more seats only benefit BN and Umno.

“The increase would be important to maintain BN’s dominance. Of the 22 new seats in the last exercise 13 were taken by Umno,” said Wong.

He added that in the 13th general election, Umno and PBB jointly held 32% of votes but held 46% seats.

On that note he also warned Pakatan Rakyat not to be taken in by calls to increase the number of seats.

“Colluding with Umno for new seats is equivalent to allowing the next general election to be stolen,” Wong said.

He said that increasing the number seats only served to allow BN component leaders to contest for more seats.

“It is a waste of money. More seats means less time for MP’s to speak in Parliament. In 2012, an MP spoke for an average of 2 hours and 32 minutes only,” he added.

‘Next election would be stolen if EC creates new seats’
K Pragalath
January 16, 2014 – FMT

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