The Election Commission (EC) has rejected the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia’s (Suhakam) application to be an observer at polling stations for GE14.
In a statement today, Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail said that the EC had informed Suhakam that its application to monitor the election was denied, meaning they would not be allowed inside polling stations.
He said he did not understand the EC’s rationale in doing so, especially since there will be international observers overseeing the country’s election process.
He also said that Suhakam considers itself a vehicle of integrity and draws its strength from its legislated mandate to protect and promote human rights in Malaysia.
“(We) will, in the public interest, proceed with (the) monitoring plan,” said Razali.
He added that free and fair elections are an integral part of human rights. He called on the EC to recognise fundamental human rights principles of integrity in elections.
Razali had said earlier that they would have 50 observers on the ground to monitor “hot” parliamentary seats during GE14.
He said the observers, comprising its commissioners, officers and volunteers, would be sent to seats in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Kelantan, Kedah, Perak, Perlis, Pahang, Negri Sembilan, Sarawak and Sabah.