Election Commission has agreed to Pakatan Rakyat’s request to rescind the nomination and polling day restrictions, according to party sources, arising from a meeting between Pakatan and EC. On nomination day EC had earlier suggested to restrict party supporters to 5000, which was objected to by Pakatan as a way to restrict the show of support by their supporters. For polling day EC had earlier said they wanted to ban party tents and campaigning -but Pakatan parties had objected based on inadequate time for campaigning for them. However the Pakatan parties had agreed to set up the information counter without campaigning. How that is possible will depend how how things work out on polling day on May 31st. The competence of EC to make good rules and enforcing them is brought to focus on these events;
*Perak crisis saw a few new developments:
-would BN ask the 3 `frogs’ to resign afterall? There are some suggestions in this direction on account that the 3 had become liabilities to BN-both in short and long terms.
-The Court of appeal had arranged for 2 court cases to come up on May 21st-possibly making way for an announcement for the dissolution of the Perak State Assembly before that. May be a long shot. The 2 court cases are : Zambry’s appeal against a High Court ruling pronouncing Nizar as the real MB of Perak; The 2nd one is the case by Nizar to set aside the stay of execution won by Zambry on the above High Court pronouncement.
*Meanwhile the PR Speaker Sivakumar is suing the BN Speaker for wrongful takeover;
But what has the Perak people got to say about who were to rule them? Look like only a new state elections can address this main issue.