Sixty thousand odd voters have been struck from the electoral roll of the 12.3 million voters, says the Election Commission (EC), and this was done between July and September this year. Further to this, another fifty thousand voters’ record is being scrutinized, and that adds up to more than one hundred thousand who must have been voters during the 2008 GE. What an alarming figure, and it is only now that the EC realized the discrepancy that would otherwise be kept away from public notice.
Now, let me ask you this question. If it wasn’t for Bersih 2.0 and the public surge for electoral reform, do you think the EC would want to take all the trouble to do what they did and announced their ‘achievement’ and supposedly ‘hard work’ to the public? Have the EC ever announce such cleansing act to the public in the past? Never; they would rather keep it quiet away from public notice, and continue doing the ‘tricks’ that they have been doing all these years. They would even say the postal voting is the most secured voting system in the world, and I do not know which other country in the world conducts postal voting the way we do. I believe our postal voting is flawed and has been abused, and I will continue to say this if nothing drastic is done to change the system. I hate dishonesty, and I believe it is because we have been dishonest all the while that truth is slowly being revealed. I think many more ‘tricks’ will be revealed in the months to come.
Following the Bersih 2.0 rally, the government has proposed the setting up of an Electoral Reform Committee that will comprised of members from both the political divide. I hope members will also include those from Bersih; rightfully so because they were the ones that started the initiative for an electoral reform. This reform is not to meet the interest of any one political party or politicians, but it is to meet public and voters interest. I have read somewhere that the composition of members of the committee has been determined, but I am not aware of its terms of reference, or whether the committee has convened.
With so much yet to be done to resolve the issues plaguing the EC, I am quite certain GE 13 will not be held within the next 6 months or so. It was rumored that the elections will be held in November, and there was even a prediction made that the incumbent government will be reelected if the election is held in November. I would believe in the prediction if no electoral reform is carried out, but it would be a tough election if all of Bersih’s demands are met by the EC or by the Electoral Reform Committee.
I’ll be reaching 68 in a few months from now, and my only hope is to see the next election be the ‘cleanest’ and ‘abuse free’ GE. But what concerns me is that this upcoming election is the 13th GE, and that number can be worrisome for those who are superstitious. Can that number be a bad omen for the BN or PR? This, we will have to wait and see.
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