Debates on the July 9 rally are still going on but the call for a fair electoral system should not only be the demand of the Bersih and the public. Instead, it should also be a common goal of all political parties who are not afraid of a fair election.
However, the debates should not only be in the form of war of words, but more practical examples should also be cited to urge the Election Commission (EC) to address and solve the problems.
We have been cleared about the electoral game of constituency demarcation over all these years. The huge gap between the number of voters in rural and urban areas has also been seen as a violation to the principle of “one vote, one value”.
The EC must explain clearly where the fairness principle lies in constituency demarcation. And should there be a more reasonable standard for the gap between the number of voters in rural and urban areas?
In addition to the so-called phantom voters, the problem of “disappeared voters” should also be concerned.
During general elections in the past, there were always voters who found their names disappeared from the electoral roll and lost their eligibility to vote. While some who were more “lucky” found their names on the electoral roll but have been moved to another constituency.
It does not seem rare to move a voter from one constituency to another one. At least two of my colleagues had personally experienced it.
Mo, from the advertising department, was from Labis. He had voted for five times so far. There were five eligible voters in his family, namely he himself, his parents and siblings. All of them voted in the same constituency for the first four times but strangely, he has been designed to vote in another constituency during the last general election, even without changing his address or making request for the constituency change, while his parents and siblings still voted in the initial constituency.
Meanwhile, Xiang, from the editorial department, lived in a rural area with his parents and siblings. They lived in the same house with exactly the same address on their MyKad. However, his parents and younger sister were designated to vote in constituency A while he and his younger brother voted in constituency B.
Would it be a computer error? Xiang tried to clear the cloud but received no answer so far. He joked: “Perhaps it’s because my parents’ and younger sister’s rooms are located at the front part of the house and thus, they belong to constituency A while my younger brother and I sleep at the back rooms and thus, we are voters of constituency B.”
A fair electoral system does not tolerate the above mentioned errors. However, how many similar examples are there remain unknown? The EC should really launch an investigation on it.- Lim Mun Fah
Aku kenal seorang pengundi,dia sekeluarga adalah ahli PAS. Selama 7 pilihanraya,namanya serta ahli keluarganya tersenarai dalam kawasan Parlimen Nibong Tebal.
Tapi pada PRU 2008, dia dan keluarganya tak dapat mengundi kerana nama mereka tiada dalam daftar pemilih bagi kawasan Parlimen Nibong Tebal.
Bila disemak,rupa2nya namanya serta ahli keluarganya telah dipindah ke Parliman Mersing, Johor. Bila ditanya,sama ada dia telah buat pemindahan tersebut? Jawabnya, dia sendiri tak tahu di mana letaknya Mersing.
Pikiaq2 mai betapa bahlol punya kerja SPR....