Cameron Highlands by-election: Stay clear of election offences, groups warn candidates

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The Coalition for Clean and Fair Election (Bersih 2.0), Engage and Tindak Malaysia will conduct election observations on 12-26 January during the Cameron Highlands parliamentary by-election and work together to monitor and report election offences.

A total of 26 observers will be deployed throughout the by-election campaign to monitor the activities of candidates and political parties and the conduct of the election by the Electoral Commission.

We warn all candidates and political parties that will be contesting in the Cameron Highlands by-election to keep away from election offences during the 12-25 January campaign

As a show of their commitment to uphold the integrity of the by-election in the new Malaysia, we call on all candidates to publicly sign a personal pledge to ensure a clean and fair campaign and election campaign.

The pledge commits the candidates to run their election campaigns in a clean and fair manner, free from corruption and bribery such as cash handouts or gifts; undue influence on voters such as free dinners and free concerts; abuse of government machinery and resources, and the manipulation of racial and religious issues to incite hatred and violence.

A press conference will be organised by the three organisations for the signing of the pledge on nomination day, 12 January 2019, at 1pm. The candidates who turn up and sign the pledge will be given time to speak to the media about their commitment to a clean and fair election and clean politics if they are elected.

The signing of the pledge by candidates will be telecast ‘live’ through Facebook. We believe this will help the voters in Cameron Highlands to know better the commitment of the candidates towards clean election and clean politics.

In view of election offences that continued unabatedly in the past four by-elections, despite high public expectations for clean and fair elections after the 2018 general election, we will not hesitate to report election offences that are committed in the Cameron Highlands by-election, in violation of the pledge and election laws , to all relevant authorities, including the police, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

Bersih 2.0 also calls on the public, especially those living and working in Cameron Highlands, to support the monitoring of the by-election by becoming the eyes and ears of the three organisations. Eyewitnesses to any election irregularities or offences are encouraged to lodge complaints with Bersih 2.0 using the contacts below:

  • Mobile phones: 03 7931 4444 or 017-872 5418 or 017-872 5419
  • Whatsapp: 011-17721546
  • Website: aduan.pemantau.org
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