PETALING JAYA: The Election Commission (EC) deputy chairman Tan Sri Othman Mahmood and four commissioners will be ending their tenure prematurely on Jan 1, something which has been agreed upon before news of a tribunal broke.
The four commissioners are Datuk Md Yusop Mansur, Datuk Abdul Aziz Khalidin, Datuk Sulaiman Narawi and Datuk Leo Chong Cheong.
Commissioner Datuk Bala Singam Karupiah will continue his tenure as scheduled.
EC chairman Azhar Azizan Harun said the shortening of their tenure was in line with Article 114 of the Federal Constitution.
“The shortening of their service duration has been achieved and agreed by those concerned in a discussion held on Oct 15, before the Oct 17 news reports on the setting up of a special tribunal,” he said.
Azhar was referring to reports that a tribunal would be set up by the government to investigate the many allegations of misconduct committed by the EC in the run-up to the 14th General Election.
The move was reported to be part of the government’s efforts to clean up the EC and possibly remove those commissioners suspected of wrongdoing.
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