EC no. 2 grilled in public over ‘powerless’ claim

EC no. 2 grilled in public over ‘powerless’ claim
Jul 27: “We are powerless” and “we don’t make decisions” summarise the explanation by Election Commission deputy chairman Wan Ahmad Wan Omar yesterday’s packed public dialogue organised by Malay daily Sinar Harian at the Shah Alam headquarters of its publisher Karangkraf.Titled “What next after July 9”, the forum, moderated by NGO activist Wan Saiful Wan Jan, also featured Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Shamsul Amri Baharuddin.

Giving his reasons on why the EC could not fulfill Bersih’s eight demands for electoral reforms, Wan Ahmad was at pains to emphasise that the Commission was not a law-making body and as such was powerless to amend laws. Several times during his explanation, the audience jeered at him, prompting the organising committee members to appeal for calm.

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