How about the complaints handling efficiencies in elections?
04/09/2008 by democracy4now
So the Police had received 117 complaints while the EC/SPR 70. What kinds of complaints are they and how soon will they be actioned upon? Justice delayed is justice denied-this is particularly true in elections. Eg in the Phantom voters cases -if the bus passengers were indeed party workers how much are they paid? Will their names and payment appear in the financial account of the candidates who employ them? The police should not easily accept the claim from certain candidates that these bussed in people are genuine party workers. Eg Are they citizens? If they are what are their Mycard numbers? Why despite repeated occurrence the police don’t have a quick method to ascertain if the passengers are genuine voters/party workers? We suggest that the police and SPR should follow the practice in some country to upload all complaints to their web site and indicate when the complaints are settled. If the complaints cannot be settled expeditiously it will give an impression that making the complaints are futile effort! This in turn will discourage future complaints -and the EC/SPR will never get to improve its conduct as election administrator. Same for the police which share the role as election administrator.
Last but not least we look forward to hear from ACA on how many complaints they received and addressed.
MP, sons and PKR supporter out on police bail
BUKIT MERTAJAM: Padang Serai MP N. Gobalakrishnan, two of his sons and a Parti Keadilan Rakyat supporter, who had been detained by police for obstructing buses on Tuesday, were released on police bail yesterday.
The men were released at 2pm.
State police chief Datuk Ayub Yacob said investigations showed there was no basis to Gobalakrishnan’s claim that the buses were transporting “phantom” voters to the Permatang Pauh by-election.
He said the passengers were actually election workers of a political party and the buses were supposed to have taken them home.
On another matter, Ayub said police had received 117 reports during the by-election period and had opened investigations into 43 cases involving illegal assembly, threats and obstruction of public servants.