Report: Govt to Form Tribunal in EC Probe

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EC members to face tribunal soon.

Putrajaya will form a tribunal to investigate various allegations plaguing the Election Commission (EC), including purported misconduct by some of its commissioners during the last general election.

Yusof Mat Isa

The move is seen as part of efforts to clean up the EC to ensure electoral reforms can be implemented and also possibly to remove some commissioners suspected of misconduct.

Quoting sources, Malaysiakini reported that several former Federal Court judges will be appointed to the tribunal.

Among those in a high-powered team formed by the Attorney-General’s Chambers to assist the tribunal will be former Solicitor-General II Datuk Yusof Zainal Abiden.

Kow Gah Chie/Malaysiakini

Only a tribunal may remove election commissioners in a similar manner to Federal Court judges.

The previous commission chairman Tan Sri Mohd Hashim Abdullah left his post on July 1 with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s consent, and his successor Azhar Harun assumed office on Sept 28.

The government had been urged in August to establish the tribunal to look into the commission’s alleged misdeeds.

Organisations, including electoral reform group Bersih 2.0, claimed the commission engaged in various activities such as gerrymandering in favour of the previous BN-led government.