All political parties, both government and opposition, should take a joint stand on Thursday to demand that the Election Commission stop wasting time and resources and focus on its primary constitutional duties to conduct free, fair and clean elections
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by Lim Kit Siang
(Kuala Lumpur, Sunday): Election Commission secretary Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar said yesterday that an election monitoring squad will be set up for each of the parliamentary constituencies to monitor polling day and campaigns during elections.
The squad, equipped with two four-wheel-drive vehicles, would include commission officials, candidates and representatives from the police and local authorities, to move around the constituency during the campaigning period to ensure all candidates adhere to the stipulated legislation and by-laws.
The squad would be empowered to stop any activity which contravenes the law and take action against the offenders. It would be assigned to immediately remove banners or posters displayed at unauthorised areas and stop campaigners who give political speeches after the stipulated time. (Sunday Star)
This is one of
the most ridiculous proposals to come out of the Election Commission, not
just because no candidate in any election would be so free as to be tied
down in such a squad but because of the Election Commission’s total
misconstruction of its constitutional mandate and what should be its
All political parties, both government and opposition, should take a joint stand on Thursday in their meeting with the Election Commission to demand that the Election Commission stop waste time and public resources and focus instead on its primary constitutional duties to conduct free, fair and clean elections.
All political parties should ask the Election Commission to accomplish the following eight tasks before coming out with fanciful ideas like the monitoring squad:
It is only after it has accomplished these eight tasks that the Election Commission can allow itself to indulge in the luxury of the proposal of an election monitoring squad, equipped with two four-wheel-drive vehicles each, to deal with less consequential matters and which have not posed major problems up to now.
* Lim Kit Siang, DAP National Chairman