EC to re­spond to op­po­si­tion al­le­ga­tions to­mor­row

New Straits Times - - News -

PETALING JAYA: The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion (EC) will re­spond to­mor­row on Pakatan Hara­pan’s claims that it had re­fused to meet the op­po­si­tion coali­tion to dis­cuss mat­ters per­tain­ing to voter reg­is­tra­tion and the elec­toral roll, among oth­ers.

An EC spokesman told the New Straits Times yes­ter­day to wait for a press con­fer­ence to­mor­row.

Yes­ter­day, Pakatan Hara­pan claimed that EC chair­man Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Ab­dul­lah had dis­played “un­pro­fes­sional be­hav­iour” for re­fus­ing to meet the po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

PKR’s Subang mem­ber of par­lia­ment R. Si­varasa said po­lit­i­cal par­ties, who were “cus­tomers” of EC, were still de­nied a meet­ing even af­ter sev­eral re­quests.

“In fact, our ef­forts to con­tact him in writ­ing were also left unan­swered. It is clear that the chair­man has dis­played un­pro­fes­sional be­hav­iour in the his­tory of the EC, in­di­rectly low­er­ing EC stan­dards.

“The demo­cratic elec­toral process in this coun­try does not re­flect free­dom and jus­tice,” he said at a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

Present were Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia vice-pres­i­dent Tan Sri Ab­dul Rashid Ab­dul Rah­man, PKR’s Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tzin, Parti Amanah Ne­gara com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor Khalid Sa­mad and DAP’s Se­puteh MP Teresa Kok.

Si­varasa said Rashid, who was for­mer EC chair­man, would head a del­e­ga­tion to meet Hashim to dis­cuss sev­eral mat­ters, in­clud­ing the lack of trans­parency in the elec­toral roll.

“The EC had de­cided not to pro­vide po­lit­i­cal par­ties with the ad­di­tional vot­ers’ elec­toral roll. This de­ci­sion was made with­out dis­cussing with the po­lit­i­cal par­ties and we see this as a clear vi­o­la­tion of demo­cratic rights with evil mo­tives,” he said, adding that the EC should not be a “pawn of Barisan Na­sional”.

Sim claimed af­ter the 13th Gen­eral Elec­tion, po­lit­i­cal par­ties faced re­stric­tions in reg­is­ter­ing new vot­ers.

“Po­lit­i­cal par­ties now, for ex­am­ple, are not al­lowed to reg­is­ter new vot­ers. More­over, the voter reg­is­tra­tion form seems like a rare com­mod­ity now.”

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