Court maintains ban on MIC veep from contesting or voting in elections

MIC vice-president C Sivarraajh was barred from contesting in the Cameron Highlands by-election following his conviction for corrupt practices. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: MIC vice-president C Sivarraajh today failed in his bid to challenge the Election Commission (EC) decision barring him from standing or voting in elections following his conviction for corrupt practices.

High Court judge Nordin Hassan, who dismissed Sivarraajh’s judicial review against the EC, said the decision to bar him from taking part in elections was made according to the law and was not tainted by irregularities.

“He (Sivarraajh) is subject to election laws as he has been convicted of corrupt practices and is incapable of being a candidate or a voter,” he said.

The court also ordered Sivarraajh to pay the EC RM5,000.

Sivarraajh was represented by lawyer Vasanthi Arumugam while senior federal counsel Suzana Atan and Narkunavathy Sundareson represented the EC.

The EC had barred Sivarraajh from contesting in the Cameron Highlands by-election after a review of the Election Court’s decision.

The Election Court nullified Sivarraajh’s election victory last year on grounds that vote-buying had taken place. Sivarraajh did not appeal the court’s decision.

The EC had also prohibited Sivarraajh from voting in elections for the next five years.

Sivarraajh filed for a judicial review of the EC’s decision, and sought a declaration that the report of the Election Court judge to the EC dated Dec 13 last year was invalid as it did not adhere to the provisions of Sections 37(1) (a)(i) and (ii) of the Election Offences Act.

Ramli Mohd Nor, a former police officer of Orang Asli descent, will represent Barisan Nasional in Cameron Highlands.

He will be up against DAP’s M Manogaran and MyPPP president M Kayveas.

Manogaran, who contested the parliamentary seat in the general election last year, lost to Sivarraajh by 567 votes.