Cecil Rajendra penned this poem after a High Court ruled that by virtue of Section 9A of the Election Act 1958, it cannot review, quash or set aside any electoral roll – no matter how flawed – once it has been gazetted.
Malaysians were rudely shocked to learn that the High Court in Shah Alam put itself in a straitjacket and refused to see the glaring injustice that was clearly highlighted by Klang MP Charles Santiago in a suit that was decided on 14 March 2013.
Bersih 2.0 views the latest publication by the Election Commission (EC) “Electoral Roll: Issues and Clarifications” as a mistaken placement of priorities by the commission and wishes to remind it to focus on the most urgent task at hand: cleaning up the electoral process.
There seems to be a sudden move by the National Registration Department to register foreigners as citizens, notes Angeline Loh.
Pages From the Past looks back at the 1990 general election and finds that the problems of phantom voters and unreliable electoral rolls are major concerns that have been around for years.
The present EC is not capable of conducting free and fair elections, observes P Ramakrishnan. It must be disbanded and a new Election Commission instituted comprising people of impeccable integrity.
In the aftermath of Bersih 2.0, recent weeks have seen one irregularity after another in the electoral process being exposed.
P Ramakrishnan looks at some of these dubious discrepancies and tactics and concludes that no real change is possible unless the Election Commission is disbanded and replaced and a new government comes to power.