Halting The Simulated Recall Election Campaign

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH 2.0) has decided to halt the Simulated Recall Election (SREL) campaign with immediate effect due to current socio-economic concerns that render such a political campaign ill-timed. This was a decision taken together with our technology partner, ReGov Technologies, who had fully borne the development and maintenance cost of the e-voting system. Should the circumstances change in the future, we may reactivate the campaign as the e-voting system and the advocacy for the implementation of recall elections in Malaysia remain relevant and necessary for the empowerment of voters to deal with the problem of party-hopping.

Our partnership with ReGov to develop the e-voting solution to allow for safe and secure voting during this pandemic marks an exciting step in advancing remote voting. The e-voting system developed by Regov remains available for future deployment to any bodies that would want to conduct secure, verifiable, and trustworthy elections, be it in local authorities, political parties, elected people’s representatives, or any organisations.

BERSIH 2.0’s advocacy to promote recall elections as a solution to deter party-hopping remains on track with engagement with lawmakers at both the Federal and State levels and public awareness campaigns. It is our aim to get the commitment of political parties to include recall election implementation in their election manifesto.

Statement issued by:
The Steering Committee of BERSIH 2.0