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    SPR: Selangor polls will not be held during GE 13


    Pakatan chiefs: S'gor polls will not be held during GE13



    • Hafiz Yatim


    • 2:31PM Sep 12, 2012


    Elections for the Selangor legislative assembly will be conducted separately from the general election, breaking a long-standing tradition in Malaysia’s polls history.

    The Pakatan Rakyat presidential council made the decision at its meeting today, citing “unresolved problems” with the state electoral rolls which it claims includes thousands of dubious voters.

    The council may also consider Penang's application to hold separate elections, said PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim.

    "We agree with (Selangor) Menteri Besar (Abdul) Khalid Ibrahim's views on not holding the state election along with the national elections as the Election Commission (EC) has not cleaned up the electoral roll," Anwar said.

    "There are hundreds of thousands (of dubious voters) registered in Selangor, the Federal Territory (of Kuala Lumpur) and Penang, and we are concerned as the EC has failed to react."



    Anwar is confident that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak will call for elections either next month or in November.

    In Kelantan, said PAS secretary-general Mustafa Ali, the menteri besar has agreed to hold the state polls together with the next general election.

    “As for Kedah, we have yet to get feedback from the menteri besar,” Mustafa said.

    Anwar is confident that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak will call for elections either next month or in November.

    ‘EC not prepared to meet us’

    Asked by a reporter how come Kedah has yet to respond, the PAS secretary-general seemed evade the question, saying it is still not known when elections are to be called although it had been anticipated to be called several times.

    Mustafa also said Pakatan has also applied to meet with the EC but the commission had indicated that they are not prepared to meet them.

    “I do not know why the EC does not want to meet us, are they trying to hide something? As political parties and as customers, the commission should treat us well,” he said.

    Anwar added that the Pakatan Rakyat presidents’ council also discussed about strategy and budgeting.

    “God willing we will be on our way to Putrajaya,” said the opposition leader.

    For Pakatan, the Permatang Pauh MP said EC had failed to take action on the alleged cheating involving funds (used in campaigns) and also on the dubious names in the electoral roll.

    “For this, we supported the move for Selangor to hold separate state elections. Penang has yet to make a final decision. Each (Pakatan)-held state may state its wishes,” he said.

    EC has no problem with separate elections



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    EC has no problem with separate elections


    6:18PM Sep 12, 2012

    The Election Commission (EC) has no problem if Pakatan Rakyat wants to hold Selangor state election separately from the BN on grounds that the electoral roll is yet to be cleaned up.

    EC chairperson Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof toldSinar Harian that the commission cannot stop the move as this is allowed by law.

    "The election law allows separate elections, but if they want to continue (with their plan), they can only do it for the state elections," Aziz is quoted as saying in the Malay daily's online version.

    The Pakatan coalition decided today that election to the Selangor legislative assembly would be conducted separately from the general election, citing unresolved problems with the state electoral roll that it said included thousands of dubious voters.

    However Abdul Aziz reminded Pakatan that it would incur expenses of another RM50 million should the state election be held separately.

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    With 13m voters now, urgent call to clean up electoral roll



    By Amin Iskandar
    Assistant News Editor

    September 15, 2012
    File photo of people checking their status at a polling booth in Kuching in last year’s Sarawak state elections.



    KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 15 — With 13 million registered voters to date, the Election Commission (EC) now faces increasing pressure to clean up the electoral roll and conduct separate polls for areas under both Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Rakyat (PR).

    The Selangor PR government has openly declared it will not hold state elections when the federal BN calls them unless the EC is able to show the gazetted electoral roll to be used in GE13 has been cleared of dubious entries.


    In its latest electoral statistics gazetted last August 16 made available to The Malaysian Insider, the EC recorded the number of registered voters as 13,052,374 people, out of whom 12,778,127 fall into the category of ordinary voters while 274,247 are recorded as absent voters. The latter group encompasses the armed forces, the police and overseas voters.


    Selangor recorded the largest number of overseas voters, currently standing at 579 people, while the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur has the highest number of absent voters with 40,543 people. This is followed by Perak with 38,367 voters and Johor a distant third with 25,058 voters.


    Kuala Lumpur FT also has the highest number of absent voters from within the ranks of the armed forces, totalling 24,979 people, while Selangor has the largest number of absent voters from within the police force, with 16,525 people.


    The electoral law provides for absent voters to cast their ballots through the post even if the person is stationed within the voting constituency. This lack of transparency in the voting process has led to various allegations of gerrymandering and tampering with the ballot papers.


    DAP Youth chief Anthony Loke has urged the EC to speed up cleaning its voter registry.

    In the last general election in 2008, the ruling BN coalition succeeded in grabbing only one out of 11 parliamentary seats in the Kuala Lumpur FT, namely Setiawangsa. The DAP won five, PKR scored four and PAS took the remaining one — leading to the most successful partnership among the three opposition parties in the last decade.

    DAP Youth chief Anthony Loke has urged the EC to speed up cleaning its voter registry, saying the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on electoral reform had stated that it would only take four months to do so.


    “It has been four months since the report was out but we are still receiving complaints, that’s why we want the EC to speed up the cleaning process.


    “We urge the EC to show commitment in this cleaning process, and will continue to press them to update the data or explain this issue,” said Loke, who is both a federal and state lawmaker in Negri Sembilan.


    He said cleaning the electoral roll was still being carried out and the Malaysian Microelectronic System Institute (MIMOS) had found dubious voter names in the roll.


    “In the parliamentary report, MIMOS found there were 324 addresses registered with more than 100 voters, and 938 addresses with more than 51 to 100 voters.


    “The overall voters were more than 100,000,” he said.


    However, the deputy chairman of the EC, Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar, has made it known that he disagrees with Selangor’s suggestion of separate poll dates for the state election.


    “This should not happen. We must think of the interest of all parties and not just political interest,” he said in broadcast programme “Hello Malaysia” shown live earlier this week on Bernama TV.


    The one-hour interview was titled “Isu Bubar DUN: Implikasi SPR (Dissolving state assemblies: The implication for the EC)”, hosted by Sherkawi Jirim.


    Wan Ahmad also argued that the cost of conducting elections would balloon substantially should there be separate elections for state and federal seats.


    He pointed out that general elections cost about RM400 million while conducting a separate state election for Selangor alone would consume some RM50 million.
    (Admin: More than RM30/voter. This is a ridiculous figure and 3 times that of Australia which has a much larger land area!)


    The 13th general election, which must be called by next April, is said to be the closest race for power between the mammoth and undefeated BN coalition and the fledgling PR bloc since 1969 when the opposition made landmark wins but which was followed by the May 13 racial bloodbath, marking the darkest chapter in the country’s history since independence in 1957.


    The BN was denied its customary two-thirds hold on Parliament by the DAP-PKR-PAS parties which swept an unprecedented 81 out of 222 seats in the lawmaking house besides ceding four key states — Selangor, Penang, Kedah and Perak.


    The BN managed to regain Perak subsequently after three state PR lawmakers declared themselves independents and swore allegiance to the grand old coalition.
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    EC attack on separate polls plan shows bias, says DAP


    6:14PM Sep 14, 2012

    As a neutral body, the Election Commission (EC) should not be criticising plans for states to call polls separate to the general election as their duty is simply to conduct elections, said DAP.

    Commenting on the criticism by EC deputy chief Wan Ahmad Wan Omar, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said by doing so, the former is only showing the commission’s bias.

    “The EC should focus on their core competency or business of managing the election process professionally in an orderly, free and fair manner,” he said in a statement today.

    He added that Sabah and Sarawak, too, have polls separate from the general elections, but the EC has not complained before.

    Wan Ahmad had told Bernama that holding separate polls disrupts classes for thousands of schoolchildren as teachers, who make up 80 percent of the workforce needed for an election, would need to be redeployed for the state polls.

    ‘Is EC questioning police competence?’

    He added that an additional RM50 million will be needed to conduct a separate state election in Selangor alone and that public order will be at risk as police will have to be redeployed to maintain security during the different campaign periods.

    “Is the EC questioning the competence and professionalism of the police...?” Lim asked.

    The Selangor Pakatan Rakyat government plans to hold a separate state election, while Penang and Kedah have yet to make a decision.

    Kelantan will hold its polls concurrently with the general elections.

    Meanwhile, Lim, who is also Penang chief minister said, that that the EC has yet to reply to his Aug 30 letter authorising it to conduct local government elections in Penang and Seberang Perai municipal councils.

    Lim said he sent the letter to remind the EC that the Penang Local Government Elections (Penang Island and Province Wellesley) Enactment 2012 was passed in May and had been gazetted since July 5.

    “Instead of doing their constitutional duty by replying to my letter, the EC appears more interested in either defending or being the attacking forces for the BN,” he said.

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    EC says PKR cheated in Selangor voter roll audit



    UPDATED @ 01:46:57 PM 21-09-2012
    By Amin Iskandar
    Assistant News Editor

    September 21, 2012

    PUTRAJAYA, Sept 12 — Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof today accused PKR of lying in its audit of Selangor’s electoral roll, saying the party had misrepresented facts when exposing alleged discrepancies in the registration of voters in the Pakatan Rakyat-led (PR) state.


    The EC chief said that during a recent radio programme with PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution, the Machang MP, had shown reporters a “cropped” photograph of a “pondok” (small hut) in Kampung Sungai Pusu in Gombak and alleged that there were 18 voters registered to that single address.


    “I asked him to show us that photograph and we took it for further study. But when the EC went to the area, it turned out that the hut was actually a parking lot for motorcycles and there are actually 32 families living in that one village.


    “The photograph had been cropped,” Abdul Aziz (picture) said at a media briefing here, adding that this proved the opposition party had lied when claiming of discrepancies in Selangor’s voter roll.


    He later showed the media photographs taken by the EC’s officers during their visit to Kampung Sungai Pusu.


    According to the EC chief, all 32 families residing in the small village share the address of the same small hut, where the post box is located.


    “So when there is any confusion or if clarity is needed on a certain matter, come see the EC first.


    “Don’t just expose things in the media because this would only serve to confuse the public,” he said.


    The Selangor Pakatan Rakyat (PR) government recently declared that it will not hold state elections when the federal Barisan Nasional (BN) calls them unless the EC is able to show the gazetted electoral roll to be used in GE13 has been cleared of dubious entries.


    In its latest electoral statistics gazetted last August 16 made available to The Malaysian Insider, the EC recorded the number of
    registered voters as 13,052,374 people, out of whom 12,778,127 fall into the category of ordinary voters while 274,247 are recorded as absent voters. The latter group encompasses the armed forces, the police and overseas voters.


    Selangor recorded the largest number of overseas voters, currently standing at 579 people, while the
    Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur has the highest number of absent voters with 40,543 people. This is followed by Perak with 38,367 voters and Johor a distant third with 25,058 voters.
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    PKR calls EC chief ‘big liar’ over Selangor voter roll flap



    By Clara Chooi
    Assistant News Editor

    September 22, 2012
    Abdul Aziz had accused PKR of lying in its audit of Selangor’s electoral roll.


    KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 22 — PKR has labelled Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof a “great liar” for saying the party had misrepresented facts when claiming of discrepancies in Selangor’s voter roll.

    PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution stood by his party’s recent audit report, insisting that the exercise had not been carried out just to discredit the EC.


    “He (Abdul Aziz) can come up with whatever excuse he wants. I maintain that our report was credible,” the Machang MP told The Malaysian Insider.


    During a media briefing yesterday, Abdul Aziz had accused PKR of lying in its audit of Selangor’s electoral roll, saying the party had misrepresented facts when exposing alleged discrepancies in voter registration.


    The EC chief said during a recent Bernama TV programme with Saifuddin, the PKR leader had shown reporters a “cropped” photograph of a “pondok” (small hut) in Kampung Sungai Pusu in Gombak and alleged that there were 18 voters registered to that single address.


    “I asked him to show us that photograph and we took it for further study. But when the EC went to the area, it turned out that the hut was actually a parking lot for motorcycles and there are actually 32 families living in that one village.


    “The photograph had been cropped,” Abdul Aziz had told the media, saying that this proved the opposition party had lied when claiming of discrepancies in Selangor’s voter roll.


    Saifuddin said the party stands by its report.

    He later showed the media photographs taken by the EC’s officers during their visit to Kampung Sungai Pusu.
    According to Abdul Aziz, some of the 32 families residing in the small village use the small hut for its correspondence address, where the post box is located.


    But Saifuddin denied today that the EC chief had ever taken the photographs from him to later verify, saying during the programme he had merely shown him the picture on his I-Pad.


    “In that sense, I can say that he is a great liar. I merely showed him the picture.


    “Unless his memory is so great, he managed to go to the same place to try and prove us wrong.


    “I maintain that the address we showed him is a hut and it is not a parking lot.


    “I maintain that our source, our report, is credible,” he said.


    Saifuddin added that he has already instructed party workers to prepare a statement on the matter.


    He said he may even hold a press conference at the site tomorrow.


    Saifuddin also recalled that during the same programme, Abdul Aziz had repeatedly asked for a copy of PKR’s audit of Selangor’s voter roll.


    While the PKR leader said the party’s main purpose for the audit was to ensure the roll was free of discrepancies, he said it was the EC’s role to search for these mistakes.


    “The reason for their existence is to conduct polls and ensure the roll is clean. They should assist us, not look at us like we are enemies.


    “So only if they are prepared to accept criticism, we are prepared to work with them,” he said.


    The Selangor Pakatan Rakyat (PR) government recently declared that it will not hold state elections when the federal Barisan Nasional (BN) calls them unless the EC is able to show the gazetted electoral roll to be used in GE13 has been cleared of dubious entries.


    In its latest electoral statistics gazetted last August 16 made available to The Malaysian Insider, the EC recorded the number of registered voters as 13,052,374 people, out of whom 12,778,127 fall into the category of ordinary voters while 274,247 are recorded as absent voters. The latter group encompasses the armed forces, the police and overseas voters.


    Selangor recorded the largest number of overseas voters, currently standing at 579 people, while the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur has the highest number of absent voters with 40,543 people. This is followed by Perak with 38,367 voters and Johor a distant third with 25,058 voters.
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    Selangor to weigh dissolving state assembly after CNY



    UPDATED @ 06:30:35 PM 30-01-2013
    By Nomy Nozwir
    January 30, 2013
    Khalid said Selangor will give the federal government until the fifteenth day of the Lunar New Year to decide on the timing of the general election. — File pic


    SHAH ALAM, Jan 30 ― Selangor will consider dissolving the state legislative assembly after Chinese New Year if the Putrajaya does not specify by then when it will hold the general election, Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said today.“If the federal government do not show any indications as to when they will dissolve Parliament, the state government plans to discuss with Pakatan Rakyat’s top leadership to dissolve the state assembly earlier ― that is after Chap Goh Meh,” Abdul Khalid told reporters after chairing the state’s executive council meeting here.

    Parliament will automatically dissolve on April 28 and elections must be held 60 days from then.

    Observers speculate that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is likely to hold elections by March after Putrajaya completes its 1 Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) handout, a programme Barisan Nasional leaders believe will help to boost the ruling coalition’s chances at the polls.

    The Selangor mentri besar had previously said that the timing of the dissolution depends on when the prime minister plans to hold polls and that its plan of whether to hold a separate state election from parliamentary elections or simultaneously was a state government strategy.

    Abdul Khalid explained that the decision was made following the Election Commission’s refusal to clean up the state’s tainted electoral roll.

    The Pakatan Rakyat state government recently carried out a study that showed the number of newly registered voters in constituencies in the state had steadily increased with every passing quarter this year, at 563,471, 600,406 and 625,210 respectively.

    Khalid said that the state could not trace 28 per cent of its 497,084 voters who were registered in the fourth quarter of last year.

    The PKR man also pointed to the incomplete electoral maps of five state assembly areas as justification for Selangor’s worries.

    EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof, however, said the controversial huge jump in first-time voters in the state is “regular” and is to be expected as the country’s richest state is a magnet for Malaysians seeking better jobs and lives.
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