Friday, July 1, 2016

Malaysiakini news : Bersih 2.0 hands evidence on 'illegally shifted' voters to EC

Electoral reform movement Bersih 2.0 today presented evidence of what it claimed to be an illegal shift of thousands of voters from their state or parliamentary constituencies, following the Election Commission’s recent locality correction exercise.
Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah this morning handed over the evidence, involving more than 100,000 voters, to the EC at its headquarters in Putrajaya.
Maria later told reporters that Bersih 2.0 would visit the EC every Friday with more evidence on discrepancies in the electoral roll, if no action was taken on its claims.
“We are giving them (the EC) two weeks after Raya to answer us. Otherwise, we will come back every Friday with more exposes of what they have done to the constituencies,” she said.
Aside from demanding an explanation on the need for EC to implement the locality correction exercise, Maria said Bersih 2.0 also wants the voters to be moved back to their original parliament or state constituencies.

“This is because such changes can only be done via a redelineation exercise,” she said, adding that it had caused difficulties to not only voters but to elected representatives as well.
According to Bersih 2.0, among parliamentary seats with the highest number of affected voters is Bakri in Johor, where 6,322 voters were allegedly shifted from the Sungai Abong state seat to Bentayan.
In Hulu Selangor, 5,590 voters were found to have been shifted from Batang Kali to Kuala Kubu Baru.
Some 20 Pakatan Harapan leaders accompanied Maria to the EC, including PKR vice-presidents Nurul Izzah Anwar, Tian Chua and Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin, Amanah information chief Khalid Samad, as well as PAS Kuala Kangsar division chief Dr Raja Ahmad Iskandar Al-Hiss.

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