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‘Calls for resignation akin to insulting Agong’
Monday, June 03, 2013 – 12:13
by Hamzah Nazari

WAN AHMAD: EC panel members could not be removed except by a tribunal

ELECTION Commission (EC) deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar said those calling for the resignation of its chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Yusof and himself are insulting the King.

“Such calls are not appropriate, they do not respect the constitution and do not respect the Agong as their appointee. “Policy decisions in the EC are made collectively. So it is also insulting to the other panel members,” said Wan Ahmad.

He said EC panel members could not be removed except by a tribunal but could resign by writing a letter to the King.

Wan Ahmad also chastised those who had criticised the announcement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak that the commission would soon report to a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) instead of the Prime Minister’s Office.

“The PSC has not even been formed. The PM has only made an announcement and the scope has not been determined but already there are people opposing it.”

Wan Ahmad said the PSC was a good move in line with Article 114 of the Federal Constitution, which concerns the appointment of members of the commission.

“(The PM’s announcement) comes at the right time as all these accusations against the EC are coming in despite the successful carrying out of the 13th general election,” he said.

Wan Ahmad said the PSC will provide information, advice and consultation to the EC.

“The previous PSC was dissolved after making recommendations which were approved by parliament, four or five of which have been carried out. We certainly need a PSC where we can present and have proper discussions.

“Now it will be easy for the EC to bring all our findings on the previous recommendations, some of which are either completed or are being completed,” he said.

However, he added that under the constitution, the commission must always stay as an independent body and although they may have to answer to parliament, they would not be controlled by it.

“The decisions of the EC, under the constitution, must be respected as an independent authority,” he said

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