Bersih 2.0 Wants Tribunal to Investigate EC’s GE14 Misconduct

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The Bersih 2.0 steering committee said it is hoping the prime minister will consent to establishing a tribunal to investigate electoral misconduct during the last polls, the outcome of which can be tabled in Parliament.

The elections watchdog’s acting chairman Shahrul Aman Mohd Saaari said if the tribunal is set up, it would be ideal if it could be a bipartisan effort.

“This is an age-old struggle, and we have always kept it open to everyone regardless of the political divide,” he told the media yesterday.

The seven-member Election Commission (EC) in the 14th general election (GE14) comprised former chairman Hashim Abdullah, deputy chairman Othman Mahmood, commissioners Yusop Mansor, Abdul Aziz Khalidin, Sulaiman Narawi, K Bala Singam and Leo Chong Cheong.

Shahrul said it was crucial that the tribunal be formed as soon as possible to ensure future elections would be clean and fair.

“The six who are still in office need to be held accountable for what they did prior to and during the GE14.

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“Their misconduct violated the basic rights of citizens to choose the new government and threatened the very foundation of our democracy.

“The EC (commissioners), if they have lost public confidence, should no longer hold office,” he said.

Shahrul pointed out that five EC commissioners appointed between 2013 and 2018, including the chairman and deputy chairman, were previously civil servants.

“Worst, Hashim was personal aide to Umno information chief Annuar Musa from 1990 to 1999, while Othman was senior deputy chief secretary in the Prime Minister’s Department during the former prime minister’s tenure in office (2011 to 2017).

“While Hashim resigned on July 1, the six other commissioners still remain as part of the EC. They should all be removed from the commission,” he said.