EC’s reminder on attire a positive move, says Bersih

SEMENYIH: Voters and party workers in the by-election want nothing more than to cast their votes in peace and feel relief with the Election Commission’s (EC) reminder on the wearing of clothes with inflammatory words into the polling centres.

Bersih 2.0 chairman Thomas Fann said that it was a positive move on the EC’s side as it was strictly adhering to electoral laws.

He said the statement showed that the voters have the right to wear shirts with words such as Bossku or Bersih.

“If we look at the election law, it is clear that anything that carries the party banners or candidate’s name is not allowed.

“Anything that does not carry the party logo or the candidate’s name is not a problem and I believe that the EC is interpreting that strictly.”

Fann added that the EC was not making any political decision to ban any groups or party from wearing Bossku or Bersih shirts.

PSM candidate Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul said it was good that the voters were free to express their support so long as they do not wear anything that would incite disharmony.

“This is the right of the voters to express (their support) because they are proud to do so, as long as they do not cause tension or humiliate other candidates,” he said.

Independent candidate Kuan Chee Heng said it was up to the voters what they want to wear to the polling centres.

“You don’t win the rakyat’s heart on polling day,” he said.

Barisan Nasional workers also agreed to the rule, saying that the EC was giving the right advice.

“It wouldn’t be nice to have commotions as constituents are just exercising their rights,” said Mohd Suhuti Kasim, a 60-year-old campaign worker.

EC chairman Azhar Azizan Harun issued a warning to voters to not bring in materials, including clothes, with slogans or taglines that contain provocative and seditious words into polling centres or be barred from entering.