Things are really heating up for Batu Talam. At the beginning, the opposition party namely; PAS and PKR called to boycott the Batu Talam by-election. Now PAS is calling for the resignation of Election Commission Chairman (EC) Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Rahman and review of the EC membership and laws pertaining to the election process. While the infamous Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin also would like to join in the crowd by urging voters in the Batu Talam state constituency to lodge police reports if they are instigated by certain groups not to vote in the Jan 28 by-election.
And this is only a by-election. Can wait for the real General Election. 2008?
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 13 (Bernama) -- PAS said today it will call for the resignation of Election Commission (EC) Chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman and a review of the EC membership and laws pertaining to the election process.
PAS Youth Chief Salahuddin Ayub the matter would be contained in a memorandum the party was preparing to be handed over to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin.
The review was necessary to ensure that the election process in the country was transparent in accordance with the principles of democracy, he told reporters after a monthly meeting of the PAS Youth, here.
"We see that the EC has had to face various problems and matters unprecedented in its history under the administration of Abdul Rashid.
"For example, the existence of phantom voters even when information technology is available. Then there is the extension of the voting hours in Selangor, from 5 pm to 7 pm, during the general election in 2004. These things did not happen previously, and they are in contravention of the regulations," he said.
Salahuddin said PAS wanted an independent commission to be set up to review the regulations pertaining to the election process.
In this connection, he said that the PAS move to boycott the upcoming by-election in the Batu Talam state constituency in Pahang was acceded to by the party's supporters in the state.
"We have explained to them that we are boycotting the by-election because we want the EC to be transparent and to be reviewed. They accept our explanation and there is no question of them being enraged by the decision," he said.
The issue of the EC has cropped up after Abdul Rashid proposed that regulations pertaining to the election process be reviewed to ensure transparency and provide the EC with enhanced powers to implement its task.
On another matter, Salahuddin said PAS today sent 500 volunteers with foodstuff for flood victims in the Kluang, Batu Pahat and Kota Tinggi districts of Johor where the second wave of floods have occurred in less than a month.
He also said that the party would launch efforts to collect aid for distribution to the flood victims in Johor.
"This is not a question of politics but a humanitarian effort, and we want to help," he said
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