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GE13: Public has a duty to report electoral fraud, says Pemantau


PETALING JAYA: The public has a duty to report electoral fraud and should be held responsible if they do not, said independent election observer Pemantau.

Bersih 2.0 steering committee co-chairperson Datuk S. Ambiga urged anyone who knew of plans to interfere with the election process to report the matter to Pemantau.

"No mercy should be shown to those who are involved in electoral fraud. They should face the full force of the law.

"Anyone who knows of such plans and does not report it should also be held responsible," she told a press conference Thursday together with representatives from Malaysians for Free and Fair Elections (Mafrel) and Pusat Komas.

Referring to recent reports that two female students at the Southern University College in Johor were allegedly sexually harassed on campus grounds by a large group of motorcyclists carrying Barisan Nasional flags, Ambiga said that the party should take a look at the allegations immediately.

She added that Pemantau had noted that political parties from both sides of the divide had failed to monitor and control their supporters who had resorted to physical violence.

She said that Pemantau was still compiling reports of violence and violations of the electoral process.

Ambiga also called for Malaysia Airlines (MAS) to provide clarification on rumours that five of its airplanes had been chartered to ferry Malaysians from Sabah to vote in certain parts of the Peninsula, as purported by some blogs on the Internet.

"MAS should provide full disclosure on this within the next 24 hours. This is so that the public do not speculate," she said.

However, when contacted a MAS spokesman said that the airline would not be giving a statement on the matter.

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