Complaints against BN:
1. Abusing outriders priviledge when PM went for party campaigning
2. Treating Chinese voters to free meal in a restaurant
Complaints against PKR:
1. Assault against photojournalist from Bernama;
Complaints against AKIM:
Complaints against SPR/Police:
Use MAFREL Election Complaints HOTLINE: 013-5900339
The dip in complaints on 2nd day of campaign period may speak more of the shortage of reporting agents for MAFREL than an actual drop in electoral complaints. 2 ways to go ahead here to reflect the levels of complaints more accurately:
1. Have more reporters of campaign activities which are going full gear now;
2. Inform candidates and public of MAFREL’s channel for receiving election complaints;
So anyone who want to lodge complaint to us please do not hesitate to call us on 013-5900339. Your anonymity is assured.
Suspicious Conduct/Suspected Offences
There are a number of complaints reported to us or reported in media of the following types of complaints/suspected electoral offences:
Electoral allocations/`pork barreling’
1. Announcing allocations by government: Some huge allocations have been announced by the Federal government eg RM1mil to be shared by 4 Chinese schools; another amount to build a health facility etc; There are some problems to include these as complaints yet because normally these allocations are not given out until after the election ie if the giver side win; While there are obvious effect that these allocations have on the voting pattern there is still a need to go further in proving it. The case can be strengthened if the money actually has changed hands. Another way to look at it is: if the receiving ends are individuals the complaints of bribery can be more obvious. But bribing over a community eg promising for a school to induce a community support, pose some problems in making up a case-though not impossible. In many countries such publc allocations/`pork barreling’ in political science parlance, are legally prohibited in the run up to an announced election. The excuse by the candidate accused of making such allocation that the public allocations are merely `coincidental’ with the election is simply treating voters as fools;
Yet another view to the above is: actually the Opposition is free to make similar promises if they are elected-and there are probably already some such populist promises eg the lowering of fuel prices. But there is no end to this as most of such electoral promises may never be honoured and the only recourse to such dishonouring of electoral promise would be to throw out the candidate the next time. Or they should be challenged to account for their stands in public debates-which do not seems to be acceptable to all the candidates yet;
2. Paying campaign staff or voters?
There is now a complaint that a candidate is making RM50-Rm500/person payments concurrent with the collection of the recipients’ IC photocopy. The accused explained that the money is for campaign stuff only -which is plausible. To pin point this as an offence there must be recipients who are willing to testify that they recieved the money simply as an inducement to vote for the candidate concerned. So Anyone? The problems here reflect the serious lack of disclosures on campaign expenditures-which should disclose the staff number and their respective remunerations. This should count towards their total campaign expenditure.
3. Electoral Violence Allegations
The complaint that there are photographers being roughen up by a candidate’s supporters should be viewed seriously as -if proven, it impinges on the freedom to vote-which include the voters rights to information -which depend on photographers being allowed to do their work freely. So far the party complained of involving in this offence has come forward to investigate into the offence-we look forward to a quick resolution by them as well as by the police. It is strange that the police can’t resolve this quickly as there are clear photos of the incidents. Delaying the investigation could be impacting on the voting pattern -something which shouldbe avoided at all cost. Other criminal cases going on eg Altantunya’s murder and the allegation of sodomy against the candidates or the party leaders involved in this election is already impacting improperly on the voters’ perception. And it seems not much can be done when the top leaders of the parties involved in the elections are making prolific pronouncements on the cases which are going through the courts. The court should make some pronouncements on to what extent the cases should be tried by media/public. The complaints will be recorded here in the DEI so long that there are ocmplaints and black and white evidence. And the accused are given their right of reply. The complaints will stay till it is conclusively proven otherwise. The complaints are complaints-not final judgements.
Your comments are welcome.