Ball is in EC’s court, Bersih 2.0 tells Najib on polls offences

PETALING JAYA: Electoral reforms group Bersih 2.0 has urged the Election Commission to investigate all election offences during the Sungai Kandis by-election, including those committed by PKR candidate Mohd Zawawi Ahmad Mughni.

In a statement, Bersih said this in response to former prime minister Najib Razak’s query whether the group had also lodged a police report on the election offences allegedly committed by Zawawi just as how they had lodged a police report against him.

Bersih today clarified that they had never lodged a police report against Najib for campaigning on polling day and that it only lodged a report with the EC, which in turn lodged a police report on the matter.

Bersih said it believed this had led to the investigation into Najib. It added it had documented all election offences committed by all parties and submitted this to the EC for further action.

“It is essentially up to the EC to consider appropriate measures as an institution vested with powers under the Federal Constitution to take necessary action on election offences.

“Bersih welcomes the action taken by the EC and the police as this sets a new precedent of taking action on election offences, which have been largely ignored in the past under the rule of Barisan Nasional, with total impunity.”

It added that complaints of election offences by other organisations and members of the public, regardless of who they were against, should be investigated by the EC to ensure free and fair elections.

“We hope this would send the right signals to all political parties and candidates to abide by the principles of clean, free and fair elections in all future elections, including the by-election in Port Dickson.”

Yesterday, Najib said he was called by the police to give his statement for allegedly breaching the Elections Act over a Facebook post which was uploaded on polling day of the Sungai Kandis by-election. He added that he was ready to cooperate with the authorities.