Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Teruskan pilihan raya: Kita menuju kemenangan / EC scraps indelible ink

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Teruskan dan jangan boikot pilihan raya: Kita sedang menuju kemenangan kata Mustafa

KUALA LUMPUR, 4 Mac: PAS mengarahkan jentera pilihan rayanya agar terus bekerja untuk menghadapi pilihan raya ini dan jangan sekali-kali memboikotnya kerana tindakan itu bermakna memasuki perangkap yang sedang dipasang oleh BN sekarang ini.

"Tindakan SPR ini adalah satu lambang kecemasan BN dalam menghadapi pilihan raya kali ini selepas merasai kekalahan yang bakal menanti mereka. Oleh itu kita mesti teruskan sehingga hari mengundi dan jangan terperangkap dengan strategi mereka," kata Ketua Pengarah Pilihan Raya PAS, Datuk Mustafa Ali.

Mustafa yakin, pilihan raya ini bakal menjadi sejarah kerana BN akan kehilangan dua pertiga majoritinya kali ini. Ia sedang dirasai oleh seluruh rakyat negara ini hatta di negeri-negeri yang tidak pernah dimenangi PAS sebelum ini.

"Oleh itu, mereka sengaja membuat provokasi supaya pembangkang melenting dan memboikot pilihan raya," kata beliau sambil mengakui memang ada cadangan dari kalangan PAS sendiri agar pilihan raya ini diboikot.

Mustafa mengulas langkah SPR menarik balik cadangan untuk menggunakan dakwat kekal bagi mengelakkan pengundian berganda dalam pilihan raya ini.

Laporan penuh dalam Siasah Khamis ini.



Cakap Tak Serupa Bikin

EC scraps indelible ink



Thanks to Famil for highlighting this news to me.

LATEST!: EC scraps plan to use indelible ink

For security reasons and legal implications, indelible ink will not be used on polling day this Sunday. The Election Commission today decided not to proceed with its proposal to introduce the ink as the election process and public order and security could not be compromised.
EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman said the commission was obliged to make this firm and final decision in fulfilling its duties and discharging its responsibilities.

Relevant laws, including the Election Offences Act 1954, had to be amended if the ink is to be used, he told a packed Press conference at the EC headquarters.

The EC, Rashid said, had agreed in principle to use the ink to mark the fingernail of a voter before a ballot paper is issued.

"According to our original proposal, a person whose fingernail has been marked with indelible ink shall not be issued with a ballot paper."

He cited Article 119 of the Federal Constitution that guaranteed the right of a registered voter to vote. "This means he cannot be denied the right to vote unless he is disqualified to vote under the law.

"Laws providing otherwise shall be ultra vires the Federal Constitution. This means a person whose fingernail has been marked with the ink or a person who refuses to have his fingernail marked cannot be denied the right to be issued with a ballot paper,� Rashid said.

"The provision of law that needs to be drafted, if the use of indelible ink is to be introduced, cannot affect the right of a voter to vote. Hence, the law to be drafted must make a provision to allow a voter whose fingernail appears to have been marked with indelible ink and a voter who refused to have his fingernail marked, to be issued with a ballot paper. Such a provision of the law will not serve the EC's original intention in introducing the use of the ink.�

From the practical point of view, Rashid said the issuance of a ballot paper to such a voter would render the EC's proposal, meaningless, and will not bring about a positive result. In fact, it had potential to create misunderstandings, altercations and arguments at polling stations.

Comments:

Millions of dollars had being spent and it was absurd that EC did not know about the problems with the law until now. The Attorney-General' s office should have advised about it long ago. Why had they taken so long to discover this problem? It's either the A-G office were negligent or the EC were reckless; and in both case, the government must bear the full responsibility and be made accountable for wasting public funds.

This is the price we pay for incompetency and moronism.



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