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Special enforcement teams to ensure clean and smooth elections
Kuantan: The Election Commission will set up special teams to help monitor the election campaign at all 222 parliamentary constituencies in the next general election.
Its deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar said each team would have representatives from the EC, police, local authority and those appointed by the candidates.
He said bigger constituencies, like Cameron Highlands and Kuala Krau, might have more than one team and their main task was to ensure that all the activities throughout the campaigning period followed the rules and regulations and did not violate the law.
“Among others, they will have the power to bring down posters or banners which carry defamatory wordings or those that tarnishes a person’s image,” he said after a briefing on the campaign monitoring and enforcement teams to political party representatives here yesterday.
On the proposed Bersih rally in Dataran Merdeka tomorrow, Wan Ahmad said it should not have been held as the EC had already made all the improvements including implementing seven of the eight demands made by the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih).
He also hit out at those who demanded for the EC commissioners to resign, saying that they had been appointed to carry out their duties by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
"They are making an unrealistic demand because we were appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and endorsed by the Council of Rulers, in accordance with the constitution," he said.
Wan Ahmad also said that the EC required another RM100 million if the opposition decided to hold separate elections for the states under their rule.
pecial teams to help monitor the election campaign