In light of reports UMNO Sungai Besar division leader Jamal Md Yunus admitted that UMNO has been working to shift voters to marginal constituencies, the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH 2.0) demands the Election Commission (EC) take immediate steps to prevent manipulations and fraud in the electoral roll.
Jamal reportedly told a crowd of UMNO supporters that “we will move the voters using all methods possible even though it will cost us millions.”
Article 119(1)(b) of the Federal Constitution states that voters are only entitled to vote in constituencies of which they are a resident. Article 113(1) further gives the responsibility of preparing and revising the electoral rolls for each constituency to the EC.
The fight to clean up the electoral roll has been ongoing for over a decade. A Parliamentary Select Committee and a Royal Commission of Inquiry have found blatant evidence that the electoral roll has been manipulated for the benefit of certain parties. Hundreds of thousands of Malaysians have rallied in the streets over this issue.
Over two months ago, BERSIH 2.0 presented a memorandum to Election Commission offices nationwide, which highlighted this shifting of phantom voters. In the Draft Supplementary Electoral Roll for Quarter 1, 2017, the Sekinchan state assembly person Ng Suee Lim had to file over 1400 objections to the movement of phantom voters into his constituency.
Now, political leaders can openly admit to cheating to win the elections with no response from the EC. Given the severity and scale of the fraud, the EC must take a proactive approach to investigate all suspicious voter movements, as provided for in Section 13(2) of the Elections (Registration of Electors) Regulations 2002. The police must also investigate these attempts to subvert the democratic process and tamper with our elections.
However, instead of acting on the evidence, the EC has been assisting in hiding these wrongdoings by refusing to provide copies of draft electoral rolls with complete information and ignoring requests by NGOs and political parties to meet and discuss this issue.
As long as the EC continues to fail in protecting the rakyat’s democratic right to fair elections, the only possible conclusion is they are working hand-in-glove with these unscrupulous parties to aid their efforts in deciding the outcome of the 14th General Election before a single vote has been cast.
The BERSIH 2.0 Steering Committee