Election Commission(SPR) Is Neither Neutral Nor Independent But A Biased Tool Of BN By Parroting BN’s Attacks On Selangor PR State Government To Hold Separate State Elections From The 13th General Elections(en/cn).

The Election Commission(SPR) is neither neutral nor independent but a biased tool of BN by parroting BN’s attacks on Selangor PR state government’s decision to hold separate state elections from the 13th general elections. Election Commission deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar claims that holding a separate state election from the 13th general election will not only be costly, but will also disrupt classes and put teachers in disarray ignores the fact that no such objections were made by EC when Sabah and Sarawak held separate elections.

Is the EC questioning the competence and professionalism of the police when Wan Ahmad claims that a separate state election would also put public order at risk as the police would have to be redeployed to maintain security due to different campaigning periods? Such claims is not only dismissive of the police but also humiliating for the country if our security forces are unable to maintain security during the polling period. Is the EC then going to suggest that the Malaysian government apply for United Nations troop monitors to maintain security during the polling period?

The EC should focus on their core competency or business of managing the election process professionally in an orderly, free and fair manner. I regret that the EC has still not replied to my letter authorising the EC to conduct local government elections for the Penang and Seberang Perai municipal councils. In my letter, dated Aug 30, I had reminded the EC that the Penang Local Government Elections (Penang Island and Province Wellesley) Enactment 2012 was passed in May and has been been gazetted since July 5.

Under Article 113(4) of the Federal Constitution, “Federal or State law may authorize the Election Commission to conduct elections…”, the Penang state government requests the EC to run the election for local government authories for Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang and Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai. However instead of doing their constitutional duty by replying to my letter, EC appears more interested in either defending or being the attacking forces for BN.

–Mandarin Version—

民主行动党秘书长、槟州首席部长林冠英于2012年9月14日在吉隆坡发表声明:

选委会既不中立、也不独立,而是国阵的工具,他们竟然与国阵同一鼻孔出气,攻击雪州民联政府不与全国大选同步举行州选举。

选委会既不中立、也不独立,而是国阵的工具,他们竟然与国阵同一鼻孔出气,攻击雪州民联政府不与全国大选同步举行州选举。选举委员会副主席拿督旺阿末说,如果雪州政府与全国大选不同步,那将会花费很高的开销,而且也会扰乱学生和老师的上课时间 ,但是当沙巴、砂拉越两州分开举行选举时,选委会从来没有反对。

当旺阿末说,分开举行州选举会危害公众秩序,难道选委会质疑警方的能力与专业毕竟警员将在不同的选举时期,被调往维持治安。他这种讲法不只是否定警方,也污辱我们的国家,他的意思是我们的保安队伍没有能力在选举时期维持公共治安。选委会是否要提议马来西亚政府聘用联合国维和部队,以保障选举时期的公共治安?

选委会应该把焦点放在他们的核心任务,那就是专业地举行有秩序、自由、公平的选举。至于选委会还没有回复我授权他们,为槟岛市政局及威省市政局举办地方选举的信函,我感到遗憾。在我志期8月30日的信中,我提醒过选委会,槟州地方政府选举(槟岛及威省)条例已在5月通过,7月5日公布在宪报。

在联邦宪法第113(4)条文,“联邦或州政府可以授权选委会举办选举… …” ,槟州政府要求选委会为槟岛市议会及威省市议会举办地方政府选举,但是,他们不但没有履行宪法义务,回复我的信函,反而更热衷于为国阵辩护、或者为国阵的攻击爪牙。

林冠英

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