End impunity: Investigate all election offences

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Source: freemalaysiatoday.com

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Election (Bersih 2.0) would like to reply to former Prime Minister Najib Razak’s query as to whether Bersih 2.0 has lodged a police report against the Parti Keadilan Rakyat candidate in the Sungai Kandis by-election relating to election offences in view of he himself having been investigated by police for campaigning on polling day due to a police report lodged against him.

We wish to clarify that Bersih 2.0 did not lodge a police report on election offences committed by Najib, but instead lodged a report with the Electoral Commission. The commission in turn lodged a police report on the case, which we believe led to the investigation of Najib Razak.

Bersih 2.0 would also like to state clearly that we had conducted election observation on the Sungai Kandis by-election, and all election offences committed by all parties, including Umno and PKR candidates have been documented in our election observation report and submitted to the Electoral Commission for further action. It is essentially up to the Electoral Commission to consider appropriate measures as an institution vested with powers under the Federal Constitution to take necessary action on the election offences.

Bersih 2.0 welcomes the action taken by the Electoral Commission and the police as this sets a new precedent of taking action on election offences, which have been largely ignored in the past, under Barisan Nasional rule, with total impunity.

Bersih 2.0 also calls on the Electoral Commission to investigate all other election offences in the report submitted by us, including those committed by the PKR candidate. Complaints of election offences submitted by other organisations and members of the public should also be investigated to ensure free and fair elections.

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We hope this would send the right signals to all political parties and candidates to abide by the principles of clean, free and fair elections in all future elections, including the coming by-election in Port Dickson.

Bersih 2.0 steering committee

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Benjamil Said
3 Oct 2018 11.20am

I have to single out the press for being part of the problem. We have failed the people. We betrayed the trust of our readers, viewers and listeners.

Many in the mainstream media chose to ignore the facts, which is against the very thing that we are supposed to do – to be the eyes and ears of the rakyat.

The media is meant to be free and fair, and the press corps should first and last behave like professionals

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/the-bowerbird-writes/2018/10/01/are-we-complicit-in-the-1mdb-scandal-too-many-people-including-the-mainstream-media-contributed-to-t/#eTSg2khhAw8ux5Sj.99