EC to review criteria for appointing election observers

  • Nation
  • Monday, 29 Apr 2019

KOTA KINABALU: The Election Commission (EC) will be reviewing its criteria for appointing election observers after drawing flak for allowing active politician Datuk Lajim Ukin to take on the task.

Sabah Bersih had on Sunday (April 28) questioned the EC over their decision to allow the former Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah president to be an election observer.

Lajim recently disbanded his party to join Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.

In a statement on Monday (April 29), EC chairman Azhar Azizan Harun said that there are several guidelines and criteria for observers to abide by, including being from a credible government agency and having a neutral stand.

“The person has to also be from a non-governmental organisation, a Malaysian citizen who has the skills and is deemed able to contribute for the betterment of the election process and abide by the election observers’ ethics code and pledge,” he said.

He added Lajim was appointed as he represented the Electoral Reform Committee and is not a member of a political party. 

“The EC have also provided an Akujanji (I Pledge) form to be signed and acknowledged by the appointed observers that has to be abided to until the election is over,” Azizan said.

He, however, said that they take note of the concerns raised by the election watchdog and will take the necessary action, including reviewing its criteria in appointing observers and other agents for any election.

“We will get feedback from all relevant bodies and agencies to see better elections and a smoother process,” he said.

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