The mood was electrifying when the politicians said their piece, the ambiance was uplifting and the fellowship that followed over lunch was exhilarating. It was going to be one of the best days of my life...........however, when I returned home and accessed my mail I got this message from a friend in Kota Baru....."Bernard, EC up to their dirty tricks....check Malaysiakini"
Malaysiakini posted this:
Election Commission (EC) announced on Thursday 21st Feb 2008 that all election candidates must pay stamp duty on their applications to contest. Election candidates particularly in northern states where Friday and Saturday are holidays, could be disqualified due to the fact that they only have Sunday morning to do that. But the problem is, government offices selling revenue stamps in the northern states will open at 8am on Sunday and yet the candidates have to submit the nomination form between 9.00am and 10am on the same day.
A very neat ‘dirty trick’ by EC? Is this part of the plan by the BN Government who had worked extra time to amend the constitution to extend the service of certain individual? What is the purpose of imposing such rules at the last minutes? Perhaps, nomination day tomorrow willl tell the story.
“I see this as a gimmick to make things difficult for opposition candidates,” said Mustaffa Ali, state election chief for the Islamic opposition party PAS.
Activists have accused electoral authorities of dirty tricks ahead of March 8 polls and are threatening to hold a mass rally in Kuala Lumpur in protest.
The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) which last November gathered some 40,000 people in the capital to demand reforms, slammed last-minute changes to electoral rules ahead of nomination day tomorrow.