Bersih starts petition for resignation of all EC members

PETALING JAYA - Bersih 2.0 is organising a petition calling for all Election Commission (EC) members to step down, claiming that they had failed to conduct a free and fair general election.

Newly-minted steering committee chairman Maria Chin Abdullah said they would send the petition to the King in January.

She said the EC had failed to act impartially and clean up the electoral roll despite clear evidence of irregularities.

"We are appealing to all commissioners to step down immediately and for the delineation exercise to be halted until new EC members are appointed.

"We also want the electoral roll to be cleaned up and for the community to play a part in the process," she said after Bersih's election at the PJ Community Library yesterday.

The petition will be uploaded online but due to the lack of time, Bersih is seeking the support of NGOs rather than individuals.

Chin said election commissioners were appointed by the King and their tenure would end on Dec 31.

"We want the King and the Conference of Rulers to consider our demands - which do not just come from Bersih but from the people as well," she said.

She said Bersih had always suggested that members of civil society and former judges be appointed as election commissioners, while civil servants should be excluded.

She did not rule out the possibility of Bersih 4.0 if their concerns were ignored.

Former Bersih co-chairman Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan said the recent admission by former EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman that entrenching a particular race was one of the criteria used for delineation was a serious one.