It has been reported that the police-despite their huge presence, was not doing their job at Manek Urai by-election-leading to some of the flare up among the parties’ supporters. Is there something more to this lapse in command chain? According to the grape vines the EC Chiarman was from the same Home Ministry which oversees the police. Some power struggle when Syed Hamid was Home Minister saw both the Chairman and Syed Hamid being sent packing after a change of PM. That may explain the lapse of command between the EC and the PDRM. May that explain why the winner in that bureaucratic power grab was rewarded with a budget 10 times more than the EC for conducting each election?
But for voters such bureaucratic tiff, if confirmed, should end so as not to compromise the integrity of the election administration, upon which the choice of the country’s future leadership rest.
July 15, 2009 00:36 AM
Election Commission To Review Election Campaign Regulations
KUALA KRAI, July 14 (Bernama) — The Election Commission (EC) plans to review the election campaign regulations following violations of the regulations like what happened in the Manik Urai by-election Tuesday.
Its chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said the rule on no campaigning on polling day should be adhered to by the political parties contesting.
“But I am disappointed by what happened in Manik Urai today as the contesting parties were still campaigning to win votes.
“Not only that, some of the campaigners had also used foul language and there were other undesirable incidents,” he told reporters after PAS candidate Mohd Fauzi Abdullah was announced the winner in the Manik Urai by-election at Dewan Petra, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Sultan Yahya Petra 1, the vote tallying centre, here, tonight.
Mohd Fauzi defeated Tuan Aziz Tuan Mat from Barisan Nasional by a slim majority of 65 votes, garnering 5,348 votes against Tuan Aziz’s 5,283.
Abdul Aziz said there were several incidents such as verbal abuse and throwing of objects in the by-election which had caused injury to some party workers.
He said the EC would call all the political parties to explain its concerns and to show the evidence of violations of election campaign regulations in the by-election.
The EC would also discuss with the police about enforcing the regulations which they should have done, he added.
“Like today, the police wanted to act only after being directed by us while it was within their power to do so to ensure a peaceful and orderly by-election. We don’t have an enforcement squad, so the police should be assisting us.”
He was, however, satisfied that the voter turnout was 87 per cent, and observed that the large number of party supporters had mostly come from outside the area to show strength, causing traffic congestion and some undesirable incidents.
“Both sides worked hard and the contest was stiff. It is up to the parties involved to file a petition if they are dissatisfied with the outcome of the by-election,” he said.