Five EC Members Quit, Bersih Wants Remaining EC Commissioner to Resign

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Five Election Commission (EC) members, including deputy chairman Othman Mahmood, will vacate their positions on Jan 1 next year.

The other four are Md Yusop Mansur, Abdul Aziz Khalidin, Sulaiman Narawi and Leo Chong Cheong, said chairman Azhar Azizan Harun.


Azhar said the Yang di-Pertuan Agong was informed of the decision, which was made three days ago.

He said the terms of the five commissioners were shortened in accordance with Article 114 of the Federal Constitution.

Another commissioner, K Bala Singam, will remain in office.

Azhar did not indicate why Bala Singam was not affected.

Following news of the five commissioners ending their tenure prematurely, electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 has called for the resignation of the remaining EC member.

“We call on Bala Singam to resign as well because he is equally responsible for all the malpractice and misconduct that took place in the 14th general election,” Bersih interim head Yap Swee Seng told The Malaysian Insight.

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“He should apologise to the people for all the misconduct, and step down instead of holding on to the position.”

On the five whose tenure will be cut short, he said: “This is a huge victory for the people, for free and fair elections.

It was reported yesterday that the government had initiated a tribunal to investigate six EC members appointed by the previous administration for alleged misconduct.

Last month, Bersih 2.0, welcoming Azhar’s appointment, had urged Putrajaya to remove the commissioners and called for a tribunal to pave the way for the appointment of reform-minded commissioners.

It urged the EC replace the commissioners “for their failure to uphold and defend the principles of clean, free and fair elections in GE14”.

Earlier reports:

Oct 17, Report: Govt to Form Tribunal in EC Probe

Aug 15, Bersih 2.0 Wants Tribunal to Investigate EC’s GE14 Misconduct