Ambiga says ‘no’ to Bersih proposal for her to lead EC

KUALA LUMPUR: Human rights lawyer Ambiga Sreenevasan has shot down Bersih 2.0’s suggestion that she be considered for appointment as Election Commission (EC) chairman.

In a brief response, the former Bersih chairman said “No” when asked if she would assume the post. She told reporters this after a meeting of the Institutional Reform Committee of which she is a member.

Yesterday, Bersih 2.0 acting chairman Shahrul Aman Saari said there were several individuals who qualified to be the next EC chairman.

“There are many suitable candidates out there – for example, our former Bersih chairmen could make good candidates. Good judges or former judges also make good candidates,” he had said.

Current chairman Hashim Abdullah is leaving on July 1, after the Yang di-Pertuan Agong agreed to cut his tenure short.

During the 14th general election (GE14), the EC came under heavy fire from Pakatan Harapan and its supporters who accused it of acting in favour of the then Barisan Nasional (BN) government.

Hashim had, during the campaign period, denied allegations by electoral reform group Bersih and others that the EC had manipulated GE14 to allow certain parties to win.


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