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Bersih 2.0: Calling for clean electoral system ahead of GE14
Published on: Friday, February 23, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) Sabah will launch a campaign calling for a clean electoral system ahead of the 14th General Election which is expected to take place this year.

The campaign, themed "Satukan Tenaga Kalahkan Penipuan" is scheduled for launching at Disini Hotel, in Sembulan, here, Saturday.

A public forum with invited panellist Datuk Dr Johan Ariffin who will be talking on the topic of federalism, Dr James Alin on social economy and good governance and Bersih 2.0 Chairperson Maria Chin on electoral reform, is also slotted at the three-hour event which will begin at 9am.

"The campaign is to create awareness on the importance for people to go out and vote," Bersih Sabah 2.0 Vice Chair Beverly Joeman told a media conference, here, Thursday. She said most important for election is to have a clean electoral roll.

She said Bersih 2.0 will continue to champion and demand for institutional reforms for fair and clean elections, good governance and protect human rights as well as right to vote and right to protest.

"We in Bersih, we don't care who wins, but win clean, that is all we want," she said.

Bersih Sabah, a non-governmental organisation, has over the past five years or so, been vocal to the extent of organising peaceful assemblies in their demand for clean elections and a clean government, among others.

Earlier this month, Bersih Sabah issued a statement highlighting revelations by several opposition parties that about 12,000 voters have been transferred to other polling places around Sabah such as Sepanggar, Putatan, Kota Kinabalu and Putatan since 2013. One party even claimed that 13 voters have been transferred to an address in Luyang with the house owner having no clue who they are.

Meanwhile, Bersih Sabah Coordinator Mohd Asraf Sharafi Mohd Azhar said Bersih Sabah also received complaints from two new voters who are listed as voters in Kota Kinabalu despite being addressed at Kota Marudu and Papar.

"Based on the Constitution, they have to cast their votes in their respective address even though they work in Kota Kinabalu and if they are relocated, it needs to be done based on their consent," he said.

He further said that the Election Commission should be doing their job to make sure the electoral roll is clean and not wait for people to protest.

"That is why we do this campaign to change the system, so that phantom voters do not vote.

If we do not go out to vote, perhaps someone else will vote under your name," he said. - Sherell Jeffrey

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