BERSIH demands that the Government rejects EC Chairman’s extension of term

BERSIH, the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections, reiterates its stand that Tan Sri Rashid's term as the Election Commission Chairman should not be extended.

According to news reports, EC Chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman confirmed that he has submitted the relevant paperwork to the Government for an extension of his term of office.

BERSIH wishes to stress that the Government should remove the six-term veteran and appoint a new EC Chairman who possesses the highest level of personal and professional integrity, in order to spearhead clean, fair and free elections in this country.

It seems unbelievable that Malaysia cannot find another qualified mortal for the post of EC Chairman, unless of course there is something fishy going on between the Barisan Nasional Government and the current office-bearer. 

The Government should not go ahead with the controversial decision of extending Tan Sri Rashid's term, as civil society groups and opposition parties have voiced their strong objections not only against the intended extension of Tan Sri Rashid's tenure but also the bulldozing of the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2007, which seeks to extend the retirement age of EC members from 65 to 66.

It is in the best interest of the nation that the Malaysian Government stops depending on Rashid as its housekeeper.

Malaysians demand that the next EC Chairman be a person of the highest possible standing, with an outstanding track record of integrity and trustworthiness.