Explain rumoured snap elections in Penang, urges Bersih 2.0

Voters turn out on polling day - Photograph: Malay Mail Online

Bersih 2.0 is extremely concerned with a rumoured snap election in Penang which may be called by the Democratic Action Party (DAP).

While we recognise that in a working democracy, states can call for its own elections but it is unclear to us as to the purpose and necessity of a election at this time.

We strongly urge the DAP to take more time to consult and rethink about holding a snap election when the nation is presently crying for clear statemenship in dealing with issues of governance and resolution of economic burdens.

Voters’ support should not be taken for granted, and there must be a public explanation from the DAP to state their reasons for the state elections. In any elections, it not only the use of public funds but it is also time consuming and frustrating when voters do not know what the election is for.

As a political party that claims to be accountable, this is the time for the DAP to engage with the voters and to give an acceptable response; otherwise they should abandon the idea of a snap election.

Bersih 2.0 steering committee
19 July 2016

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