Electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 has slammed Election Commission (EC) chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah for insisting in an opinion piece yesterday that Malaysia’s elections are fair.
“Had we known that elections were indeed fair, Bersih 2.0 wouldn’t be fighting for electoral reforms in the first place,” the group’s steering committee said in a statement.
“Bersih 2.0 urges Mohd Hashim to rethink his position and work towards cleaning up the electoral process to ensure free and fair elections,” it added.
Bersih 2.0 said concerns over unfair and fraudulent 13th general elections had led to the formation of the People’s Tribunal supported by a 30-strong legal team to investigate allegations of manipulation, excess expenditure, bribery, rigging and other electoral irregularities.
It said the tribunal found in 2014 that “there were so many breaches of law, disregard of procedures that we have to conclude that elections were not free and fair,” according to its chief Yash Pal Ghai.
Furthermore, the group expressed its worry over new trends in electoral issues such as the EC’s recent redelineation exercise, which is accused by some as gerrymandering.
Last week, the EC said it has received 836 objection representations in regard to the electoral boundary redelineation recommendations for Sabah and the peninsula.
Bersih 2.0 will hold its latest rally calling for free and fair elections, Bersih 5, nationwide on November 19.
Source : The Malay Mail Online