Malaysia’s opposition alliance today filed a suit against the country’s Election Commission, claiming fraud over the use of the indelible ink during the May 5 general elections in which the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional party secured victory. In their suit, the eight plaintiffs were the three opposition parties PAS, PKR and DAP and election candidates Dzulkefly Ahmad, M Manogaran, Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, Arifin Abd Rahman and R Abbo. They named seven defendants, with the first two being Election Commission (EC) chairman Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof and his deputy Wan Ahmad Wan Omar. The remaining defendants are members of the EC.
The opposition has claimed that the EC had “maliciously and dishonestly planned, designed, implemented and practised a massive fraud on the electorate of Malaysia” by willfully and deliberately allowing the indelible ink to be so diluted that it could easily be washed off so that dishonest voters could undertake multiple voting.
They claimed that the EC, which should be independent and impartial, must refrain from showing preference to any party.
The Opposition has alleged that the EC had “consistently adopted a partisan role, always favouring the ruling coalition, Barisan Nasional.”