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“…worst showing and political fraud”

May 7, 2013
PKR chief to hold rally to protest electoral fraud
  • Ram Anand
  • 5:06PM May 6, 2013
    Malaysiakini.com
Reeling from what he alleges to be a distorted election process conducted by the Election Commission (EC), PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim has called for a rally at the Kelana Jaya stadium on Wednesday.

“I shall address the rakyat for the first time post the general election, on May 8 at 8.30pm. I call upon as many Malaysians to join hands and express our rejection and disgust at the unprecedented electoral frauds committed by (Prime Minister) Najib Abdul Razak and the EC,” he said in a statement today.

Rumours of a major rally to express the Pakatan coalition’s unhappiness with the results had been circulating since late last night when BN crossed the simple majority number required to form a federal government while counting was taking place in many constituencies towards the wee hours of the morning.

NONEAnwar (right) also vowed to devote his time and work with the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (Bersih) to ensure that the EC is made to be an independent body of its own.

“A fight for free and fair elections remains the single most important fight that any Malaysian should relate to,” he said.

“Our conscience cannot allow us to accept elections results conjured through fraud and cheating. My heart is with every Malaysian who does not accept the result.

“I will work towards a national consensus to question the legitimacy of the BN government achieved through such electoral frauds,” he added.

On another note, Anwar noted that the movement for change is “unstoppable”.

‘The rakyat’s demand continues’

“The simple demand of the rakyat for a clean and fair election to ensure that our elected government is accountable, transparent, and incorruptible will continue to echo loudly despite the rigged 13th general election,” he stressed.

Prior to the elections, Bersih – which organised two major rallies in 2011 and 2012 respectively, seeking for free and fair elections – had warned of electoral fraud that could undermine the country’s democracy in the polls.

NONEMost of Bersih’s eight demands in regards to the electoral process have not been met, though the EC had agreed to use indelible ink for the first time in this election.

However, there have been widespread complaints and documented evidence that the ink could be washed off with dishwashing liquid or simply saliva, among others, within hours of its application onto the voters’ index fingers.

According to the EC, the ink is supposed to last for at least seven days to prevent double voting.

It has also expressed widespread concern about the existence of ‘phantom voters’ and dubious voters in the electoral roll, claims that the EC had not fully addressed prior to the elections.

There have been claims across the country that foreign-looking individuals had turned up to vote while seemingly carrying proper identity cards (ICs), whereas there were also reports of mysterious ballot boxes being transported to the counting stations of closely-fought constituencies nationwide.

Some counting centres had also suffered from an electrical blackout before a final result was announced.

BN won 133 parliamentary seats to Pakatan’s 89 yesterday, making it BN’s worst ever showing in the polls and Pakatan’s best.

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