Bersih 2.0 strongly urges the Prime Minister, Najib Tun Razak, to clean up the electoral roll of some 200000 dubious voters discovered by Mimos Berhad, before the next general election.
There are more shocking facts in the 2008 elections:
- In 2008, against a turnout of 8.7m in 2008, the popularity vote of BN was 52.2 per cent, compared to 47.8 per cent, which means a 2.3 per cent margin could have a big impact on the election results.
- BN had won its 30 most marginal seats with a total margin of 27222 votes .
- This means some 27000 voters were the ones who delivered to BN a simple majority government.
Recently, there had been sudden increase in the number of voters in some areas of Selangor over a short period of time. For example, in Subang, there was a 35 per cent increase from 84000 to 114000 registered voters, and in Kota Raja, the increase was 29.5 per cent, while in Puchong, it was an increase of 25 per cent from 2008 figures.
Many of these new increases in voters are transfers from other constituencies.
The findings of Mimos Berhad only further reinforce the need to clean up the electoral roll, which the Election Commission had failed to implement.
These developments are unacceptable and both the Election Commission and the Parliamentary Select Committee for Electoral Reform (PSC) should immediately address these concerns.
A key reason why there is a need to have the indelible ink is that there are many police and military personnel voters who are multiply registered. Hence, the EC exclusion of postal voters from the use of indelible ink is akin to undermining the measure to eliminate multiple voters.
This has totally cast doubts on the sincerity of the Election Commission to carry out its task to have clean and fair elections. It has also consistently put up blocks to electoral reforms by not fully addressing Bersih 2.0’s seven other demands. For instance, its reluctance to accept overseas voters as legitimate voters and (the absence of) a clear and transparent explanation of the process and criteria for advance voters and postal voters clearly show the insincerity of the EC in ensuring electoral reforms are carried out.
Bersih 2.0’s campaign on Jom 100, which was launched recently, intends to encourage a 100 per cent voter turnout in the coming general election. In the 2008 general election, only 76 per cent of the total number of registered voters or 8.16m voters exercised their right to vote for their representatives to Parliament. The fate of a democratic nation should be determined by all citizens.
Bersih 2.0 calls on all concerned citizens to support the Jom 100 campaign as the future of this country is the responsibility of every citizen and we must rise to the occasion when our democratic rights are being taken from us.
Another police abuse of powers
The threat of police arrest without warrant against those who attended the recent 9 January peaceful assembly was totally unnecessary, especially since the police had given prior approval for the assembly. The threat of arrest included Bersih 2.0 chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan and steering committee members Maria Chin Abdullah and Wong Chin Huat, who happened to be in Germany at the time.
Bersih 2.0 stressed that there was no major incident, except for three bomb blasts, for which till today, the police have not made any arrest. The priority is of the police should be to carry out a full investigation against those who planted the bombs and not on civilians who were exercising their constitutional rights.
Salam Bersih 2.0!
Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0)
The steering committee of Bersih 2.0 comprises:
- Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan (Co-Chairperson)
- Datuk A. Samad Said (Co-Chairperson)
- Ahmad Shukri Abdul Razab
- Andrew Khoo
- Arul Prakkash
- Arumugam K
- Dr Farouk Musa
- Liau Kok Fah
- Maria Chin Abdullah
- Richard Y W Yeoh
- Dr Subramaniam Pillay
- Dato’ Dr Toh Kin Woon
- Dr Wong Chin Huat
- Dato’ Yeo Yang Poh
- Zaid Kamaruddin