YUP! It’s as good as a death penalty for MIC veep C Sivarraajh. The Election Commission slapped him with the most ‘out of common sense’ punishment for alleged money politics in Cameron Highlands parliamentary seat during the last general election.
Most intriguing is the fact that the EC Court found no evidence linking him to the accusation. The verdict by EC chairman Azhar Harun was based on some voters reportedly getting money from Barisan Nasional.
In what form that the money was given? Did Sivarraajh aware of it? What happened to allegations that PH candidate also used money for the election?
This is a blatant misuse of power. This reflects totally an EC practising corporate and legalistic entity.
On what basis did the EC banned him from sitting in the January 26 by-election? Perhaps barring him from being a candidate is understandable but to BAN him from being a voter until 2023 is unacceptable.
What is casting a vote gotta to do with money politics? I’ve never came across such cases where the right of a voter is revoked, not in any country!
This is against the international human rights convention. Denying him a vote is absolutely a political orchestration by the government. What is the explanation?
It equates to sentencing someone to 10 years in jail for rape, and at the same time imposing an additional punishment barring him to marry any woman.
Come on. You may use the power vested in you as stipulated in the EC constitution but this case is not 100 per cent make Sivarraajh guilty. Where is the evidence… where is your wise jurisdiction?
Well… you have the power. You are authorised to do so. The best is to declare the 14th general election null and void. Aren’t the EC supposed to be free of political dictation?
I think the 1998 general election in Sudan, where I was appointed by the United Nations as one of the observers, was much better. Their Election Commission listens to both sides!