EC asks Pakatan to register as a party

(Bernama) KUALA KRAI: Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof has suggested that the opposition parties register Pakatan Rakyat as a legal entity like the Barisan Nasional to enable them to campaign as a coalition.

“Register with the Registrar of Societies as Pakatan Rakyat and the EC will not disturb any more,” he said, referring to the EC’s action in taking down the campaign materials of parties that are not contesting in Bagan Pinang yesterday, which turned ugly when opposition supporters surrounded the EC enforcement staff.

The contesting parties in the Bagan Pinang state by-election were PAS and the Barisan Nasional (BN) while the other parties did not pay the deposit and had no permit to campaign, he told reporters after an Aidilfitri celebration here last night.

“That’s why our monitoring team took down the flags, symbols and pictures of the parties which were not contesting,” he said.

Abdul Aziz said the EC had advised all the parties about this prohibition but many still persisted.

“When we take stern action, I hope that they will accept it with open hearts,” he added.

He also said that his vehicle was surrounded during nomination day in Bagan Pinang on Saturday.

“Our vehicle was stopped. We were verbally abused and money was shoved at our faces. I was frightened to look at their faces and worried for our safety, like the vehicle being overturned,” he said.

He said that was why the EC had advised the contesting parties not to bring along too many supporters, not more than 5,000, to accompany their supporters on nomination day but it was not heeded.