EC: Polls results to stand


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 10 Apr 2004

PUTRAJAYA: The Election Commission will gazette the results of the general election next week despite unanswered questions over irregularities on polling day. 

EC secretary Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar said those dissatisfied with the results could seek recourse in the courts as provided for under the Federal Constitution. 

He also said protests by individuals or political parties over the results would not hamper the commission’s plan to gazette the results on Monday. 

“Article 118 of the Federal Constitution clearly states that anybody who is unhappy with an election result can seek recourse through an election petition. That means those who are dissatisfied with the recent general election can take the matter to the court,” he said yesterday. 

“Their protests over the results will have no bearing on our schedule to gazette the results next week.” 

Wan Ahmad said this when asked whether the plan to gazette the election results would be postponed considering the outcome of internal investigations over irregularities on polling day had not been made public yet. 

“The outcome of the investigation and the gazetting of the results are two different issues,” he said. 

EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman is expected to announce the outcome of the investigation and the commission’s recommendations to the Government on Tuesday.  

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