KUALA LUMPUR: The Election Commission (EC) is bracing itself for slander and accusations hurled at it during the coming general election, although it may not be as bad as during the last polls.
Its former chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said he based his insight on the Opposition parties appearing to be in conflict with each other and having differing views.
“In the last polls, the Opposition campaigned aggressively.
“At that time, opposition parties like DAP and PAS were together. PAS is a party with very staunch members ... but this time it is different.
“PAS is no longer in the coalition (Pakatan Harapan). So, while there may be slander, it will not be as bad as during GE13,” he said in an interview with Bernama recently.
During the last elections, when Abdul Aziz was helming the EC, the commission had been accused of planning blackouts during the ballot counting process and bringing in 40,000 Bangladeshis to vote.
He said he supported the Government’s efforts to come up with laws to address the spread of fake news as this could prevent the elections from becoming an ugly affair. — Bernama