Friday, April 27, 2012
Oversight or Not? Election Commission Chairman and Deputy Chairman Must Step Down
Election Commission (EC) is under a lot of pressure lately by Bersih and other stakeholders. In politics, perception is key. EC which is tasked to run and and manage the electoral process in Malaysia must not only be be independent and impartial but it must be SEEN to be independent and fair too.
The problem is EC Chairman Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof and his deputy Wan Ahmad Wan Omar are not seen to be independent and non-partisan after the duo have admitted that they could have been UMNO members "a long time ago".
It does not really matter if Abdul Aziz and Wan Ahmad are active members or not, it is a fact that they are members of the ruling regime. Part of the problem lies with UMNO too. Since the EC is lies under the purview of the Office of Prime Minister it often considered as a government body. EC is not part of the government. It is supposed to be an independent commission which bears a huge responsibility in ensuring free and fair elections.
Since the admittance, it is no longer tenable for both Abdul Aziz and Wan Ahmad to remain as the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of EC. Replacements must be done immediately to stop the credibility pillars of the commission from crumbling completely.
Evidently both Abdul Aziz and Wan Ahmad have not acted in the most transparent and progressive manner when comes to electoral reforms. By being members of UMNO is not going to help at all but make the matter worse.
Bersih 3.0 has another legitimate reason to demonstrate this Saturday.
It is for Umno's own good too if both Abdul Aziz and Wan Ahmad step down. Do it NOW!