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Malaysiakini: 11th-hr poll rules changes: Bersih is livid (updated)

Posted on: February 22, 2008

11th-hr poll rules changes: Bersih is livid
Feb 23, 08 10:26am

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.

They said that opposition candidates, particularly in northern states where Friday and Saturday are holidays, could be disqualified by a rule announced on Thursday that they must pay stamp duty on their applications to contest.

“How are opposition candidates in states like Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu supposed to get the stamps especially when Friday and Saturday is the weekend here?” Bersih organiser Mohammad Sabu told a crowd of 5,000 supporters.

If opposition candidates are disqualified over the issue, “we will get half a million people in KL for several days,” he told a rally in Terengganu late yesterday.

Gimmick to make things difficult

Government offices selling revenue stamps in the northern states will open at 8am on Sunday, considered a working day here, leaving candidates little time before nominations must be submitted between 9am and 10am on that day.

“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.

Mustaffa also criticised the Election Commission for providing exceptions on the use of indelible ink on voters’ fingers, refusing demands to abolish postal votes which Bersih says are manipulated, and not cleaning up electoral rolls.

Since winning independence half a century ago, Malaysia has been ruled by a coalition of race-based parties under the Barisan Nasional banner, led by Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s Umno.

Opposition parties are hoping to deny the BN a two-thirds majority in parliament at this year’s polls, with the government under fire over rising prices of food and fuel, and rising racial tension in the multi-ethnic country.

Feb 22, 08 3:59pm
PAS menganggap langkah memperkenalkan duti setem di saat-saat akhir oleh
Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya (SPR) sebagai “sangat tidak adil”.Dalam kenyataannya,
ketua pengarah pilihanraya PAS Datuk Mustapha Ali langkah baru itu menyukarkan
calon-calon yang bakal bertanding dan berharap SPR tidak memperkenalkan sebarang
peraturan tambahan.”Peraturan dan syarat yang menyusahkan calon dan parti-parti
yang bertanding sesungguhnya menyumbang ke arah kepincangan dan ketempangan
sistem pilihan raya kita yang sudah pun sedemikian,” katanya.Pertama kali dalam sejarah, SPR mewajibkan akuan bersumpah calon-calon disertakan
duti setem RM10 dan jika gagal berbuat demikian, permohonan mereka boleh dibatalkan.SPR mengumumkan langkah baru itu semalam, tiga hari sebelum penamaan calon Ahad ini.Setiausaha SPR Datuk Kamaruzaman Mohd Noor dilaporkan berkata
Borang 5 atau 5A (akuan sumpah) yang tidak disetemkan boleh ditolak
oleh pegawai pengurus pilihanraya seperti termaktub dalam Peraturan 6(2A)(c)
Peraturan-peraturan Pilihanraya (Penjalanan Pilihanraya) 1981.

Kewajipan menggunakan duti setem itu bawah Peraturan 4(7)
Peraturan-peraturan Pilihanraya (Penjalanan Pilihanraya) 1981
tetapi tidak pernah dikuatkuasakan sebelum ini.

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/78444

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Declaration stamp a must, says EC

PUTRAJAYA: For the first time, all candidates submitting their nomination papers
must have the accompanying statutory declaration stamped, or risk having
the papers rejected.

Election Commission (EC) secretary Datuk Kamaruzaman Mohd Noor advised
candidates to comply with this regulation, as statutory declarations
are not exempt from stamp duty under the Stamp Act and the Election Regulations.

“The Election Commission wishes to announce that under Regulation 6(2A)(c)
of the Election Regulation (Conduct of Elections) 1981, the returning officer
can reject the nomination papers of a candidate if the statutory declaration (Form 5 or 5A)
that is attached to it does not adhere to
Regulation 4(7) Election Regulation (Conduct of Elections) 1981,” he said.

Kamaruzaman said the duty stamp can be purchased at any
Pos Malaysia counter for RM10, or they could get the form franked at any
Inland Revenue Board office or service centre.

He said duty stamps purchased from Pos Malaysia could be validated
at any of the 128 district offices nationwide.

“The Inland Revenue Board has agreed to cooperate with
the Election Commission by keeping its offices and service centres
nationwide open till 6pm on Saturday to facilitate the franking of
candidates’ forms before nomination day,” he said.

Kamaruzaman said this was the first time the EC was imposing
this regulation even though it has been in existence since 1981.

http://thestar.com.my/elections2008/story.asp?file=/2008/2/22/
election2008/20409807&sec=election2008

1 Response to "Malaysiakini: 11th-hr poll rules changes: Bersih is livid (updated)"

Sebenarnya, setahu kami Borang 5 atau 5A tidak dikenakan duti setem sebab :
Perk. (ix) Jad 1 Akta Setem 1949 yang masih berkuatkuasa sehingga kini selepas lalui beberapa pindaan memperuntukkan bahawa mana-mana suratcara yang digunakan sebagai mematuhi syarat mana-mana Kerajaan atau Agensi kerajaan (seperti SPR) dikecualikan daripada duti setem.

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