Hornbill Unleashed

January 30, 2013

When 18 is approximately equal to one

Ravinder Singh

Why is it wrong for people to discuss a matter that has become public knowledge? Do proceedings of the RCI on “Project IC” come under the OSA (Official Secrets Act)? The royal commission itself has not put a gag on the public.

UPKO deputy secretary-general Lucas Umbol is reported to have justified his party’s call that people should refrain from commenting on the facts coming up in the inquiry, saying that “negative comments” could discourage the witnesses who are yet to give their evidence from coming forward.

Perhaps he is unaware that the RCI has the power to subpoena witnesses and if any subpoenaed witness does not show up, he would be committing an offence. Witnesses can volunteer to give evidence, or they can be compelled to give evidence. So what is Lucas’ worry? (more…)

January 21, 2013

Malaysian voters abroad must submit 1B form to EC

 A. Azim Idris

Malaysian voters abroad must submit their 1B form to the Election Commission before the Parliament is dissolved for them to be eligible to cast their votes at Malaysian embassies and consulates when the time comes.

Otherwise, the EC would not be able to send the specific ballot papers of the voters’ constituencies, the commission’s deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar told the New Straits Times today.

He said the voters can get a copy of the form by down loading it from the EC’s website starting Monday. (more…)

June 4, 2012

Stop dithering over electoral reforms, Proham tells Putrajaya

Proham

Proham in a statement today said there has been a public loss of confidence in the Election Commission and the electoral process as a whole.

Putrajaya must focus on promised reforms in the next month ahead of national polls to resolve the “electoral crisis” instead of getting defensive over the chaos of the April 28 rally, human rights watchdog Proham said today.

The ex-human rights commissioners group wants the federal government to set up a permanent monitoring committee to oversee the 22 points proposed by a temporary parliamentary panel set up last year to boost flagging public confidence in the Election Commission (EC). (more…)

March 23, 2012

EC: Not fraud, but legitimate absentee voter registration

Kuek Ser Kuang Keng

The Election Commission explained that the alleged electoral fraud exposed by parliamentary opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim today was in fact a genuine case of an ordinary voter applying to be an absentee voter.

According to a senior EC official, who declined to be named, a check with the commission’s IT department found that the voter Zarina Abu Tausi was only registered on the electoral roll once.

He said that Zarina was previously on the master roll as an ordinary voter but had applied to be an absentee voter on Dec 20, 2011 as her husband is serving in the military. (more…)

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