Pas To Call For Resignation Of EC Chairman, Review Of Election Laws
PAS Youth Chief Salahuddin Ayub the matter would be contained in a memorandum the party was preparing to be handed over to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin.
The review was necessary to ensure that the election process in the country was transparent in accordance with the principles of democracy, he told reporters after a monthly meeting of the PAS Youth, here.
"We see that the EC has had to face various problems and matters unprecedented in its history under the administration of Abdul Rashid.
"For example, the existence of phantom voters even when information technology is available. Then there is the extension of the voting hours in Selangor, from 5 pm to 7 pm, during the general election in 2004. These things did not happen previously, and they are in contravention of the regulations," he said.
Salahuddin said PAS wanted an independent commission to be set up to review the regulations pertaining to the election process.
In this connection, he said that the PAS move to boycott the upcoming by-election in the Batu Talam state constituency in Pahang was acceded to by the party's supporters in the state.
"We have explained to them that we are boycotting the by-election because we want the EC to be transparent and to be reviewed. They accept our explanation and there is no question of them being enraged by the decision," he said.
The issue of the EC has cropped up after Abdul Rashid proposed that regulations pertaining to the election process be reviewed to ensure transparency and provide the EC with enhanced powers to implement its task.
On another matter, Salahuddin said PAS today sent 500 volunteers with foodstuff for flood victims in the Kluang, Batu Pahat and Kota Tinggi districts of Johor where the second wave of floods have occurred in less than a month.
He also said that the party would launch efforts to collect aid for distribution to the flood victims in Johor.
"This is not a question of politics but a humanitarian effort, and we want to help," he said.