Thursday, July 3, 2014

EC chief flayed for trashing 'one person, one vote'

8:49AM Jul 3, 2014
Election Commission (EC) chairperson Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof hammered another nail into the commission's coffin by saying that the ‘one person, one vote’ principle is impractical, said Bersih.

The EC leader, who also called the principle a populist policy, was criticised by the electoral watchdog as unfit to lead the commission in a fair election system.

“The 'one person, one vote, one value' (Opovov) principle is fundamental to the whole idea of elections and electoral representation in a democracy.

“Without Opovov, elections would be rendered meaningless, especially to the elector whose vote is valued less.

"In GE13, they amounted to 53 percent of those who voted,” said Bersih in a statement.

It said that Section 2(c) of the federal constitution that allows malapportionment in favour of rural constituencies should not be used as an excuse to undermine the Opovov principle.

“This allowance does not mean the principle of Opovov can be made subordinate to administrative convenience and ethnic representation… as implied by the EC chairperson,” it said.

'Longer campaign for rural areas'

To make the election fair for the rural constituencies, Bersih instead suggested a lengthier campaign period be held.

This is in line with the watchdog’s original eight demands, which include a minimum campaign period of 21 days and free and fair access to media. 

Bersih added the Opovov principle is the first of seven broad parameters of elections as identified by the panel of the People’s Tribunal on 13th General Elections.

It also called on the public to support Bersih’s Delineation Action and Research Team (Dart) campaign for Opovov.

~ Malaysiakini

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