Call for voting process to be revamped

Electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 and its overseas arm Global Bersih have called for the voting process for overseas Malaysians to be revamped, citing the alleged failure of the Election Commission (EC) to manage the existing process for the 14th general election (GE14). Both organisations held a press conference today to announce findings from a post-GE14 survey conducted by Global Bersih, which included the EC’s lack of adequate and timely information on the registration and voting process, as well as an illogical and impractical timeline for overseas voting… 

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The flawed Overseas Voting Process of GE14 must be reformed in new Malaysia

JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT A timely and comprehensive reform to current voting procedures for Malaysians living abroad must happen in this Parliament if the promise of a new, more democratic Malaysia is to be realised, say Global Bersih and Bersih 2.0. According to recent United Nations (UN) estimates, the number of Malaysians abroad soared to 2.7 million in 2017 from fewer than 1.3 million in 2010 (1). As most Malaysians abroad tend to be recent emigrants, it is likely that the majority are registered voters – and there is an urgent…

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Data Collection on Malaysia’s 14th General Election – Overseas Voting Process

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Global Bersih’s findings from our data collection of the 14th General Election (GE14) are as follows: The Election Commission (EC) and foreign Malaysian missions did not provide adequate and timely information on the registration and voting process. The information that was relayed conflicted and varied from agency to agency. This caused widespread confusion, frustration and disenfranchisement. The EC demonstrated incompetence by not processing applications and notifying citizens of their voting status in a timely manner, allowing discrepancies on the electoral roll, erring with regards to voter eligibility and…

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Global Bersih denies baseless allegation it was created by political parties to advocate an Arab Spring-like uprising

MEDIA RELEASE Global Bersih categorically denies the baseless allegation that Malaysian political parties formerly in the Opposition (prior to the 14th General Election) “had established NGOS such as Bersih Global (sic) to advocate an Arab Spring-like uprising in Malaysia”. (1) As reported by Malaysiakini on 19th July 2018 (2) and Free Malaysia Today on 20 July 2018 (1), these allegations were detailed in a letter dated 4th May 2018 from Hasanah Abdul Hamid, then Director-General of the Research Department in the Prime Minister’s Department, on behalf of the Malaysian External…

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Global Bersih condemns police harassment of human rights lawyer Fadiah Nadwa Fikri

MEDIA RELEASE Global Bersih strongly condemns the police harassment of human rights lawyer Fadiah Nadwa Fikri. The new Malaysian government must uphold democracy and free speech in keeping with its reform agenda, as outlined in the Pakatan Harapan manifesto for the 14thMalaysian General Election. Fadiah was hauled up by the police on 11 July 2018 over an opinion article about the monarchy (1), and questioned under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act 1948 and Section 233 of the Communications & Multimedia Act 1998 (2). On 17 July, Fadiah will face…

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