Bersih 2.0 takes note of EC’s comment that the old boundaries may be used in the coming elections. However, may we remind EC that there are also issues of malapportionment and gerrymandering in the old/present boundaries which resulted in unfair advantages for certain political parties in the last elections. Genuine and fair political representation in our election system is long overdue and the EC should instead use this opportunity to correct the boundaries, using a clean and accurate electoral roll.
The EC Chairperson has used the ongoing court cases as an excuse to not meet BERSIH2.0. The court cases are manifestation of the misdemeanor carried out by the EC and they, unfortunately, can only be fixed through court actions. The court cases cannot and must not be an excuse to not meet.
Additionally, he also mentioned that he will not meet BERSIH2.0 because we are not registered as an NGO. We respond by reminding the EC that in 2012, the court has affirmed that BERSIH2.0 is an legal entity consisting of endorsing NGOs.
BERSIH 2.0 is still willing to hold a meeting with the EC. The agenda for the meeting is not just about the delineation processes. We are of the view that if EC wants to run a free and fair elections at the GE 14, immediate reforms need to take place. We have listed in our memorandum to the EC the following reforms:
1. Strengthen the independence of the Election Commission
2. End Political Corruption
3. Establish Automatic Voter Registration
4. Clean Electoral Roll
5. Reform Absentee Voting
6. Election Observation
7. Fair Election Boundaries
8. Minimum 21 day Campaign Period
9. Free and Fair access to media
If committed, the EC can work with the relevant stakeholders, including NGOs, government agencies, Parliament and the media, to implement these reforms in the next 6 months. It is therefore urgent for BERSIH 2.0 to meet with the EC if they are still concern with instituting a fair election and repairing its poor public confidence. BERSIH 2.0 is ready to meet EC anytime and any day.
BERSIH 2.0 would also like to take this opportunity to thank our lawyers and volunteers who came forward. They have pushed the boundaries and exposing the illegal delineation that has taken place. We will continue with our work to raise the issue of unfair delineation, even if it means more court cases.
BERSIH 2.0 Steering Committee Members