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Expect 'dirtiest elections ever' in Malaysia: Reform group

Published on Dec 17, 2012 5:06 PM
 
Members of Malaysia's ruling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) hold up placards supporting Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak during the opening of its annual gathering in Kuala Lumpur in this Nov 29, 2012, file photo. A pressure group calling for free and fair polling in Malaysia warned on Monday that the country could see its "dirtiest elections ever" as it pledged to continue its campaign to prevent cheating. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - A pressure group calling for free and fair polling in Malaysia warned on Monday that the country could see its "dirtiest elections ever" as it pledged to continue its campaign to prevent cheating.

Poll reform group Bersih, a civil society movement which has twice led tens of thousands to rally for electoral reform, said shortcomings such as errors on the electoral roll had been ignored by the government ahead of elections, to be held before the end of June next year.

The group said the task to ensure fair elections now fell to the people and that it would embark on campaigns to boost voter turnout to mitigate fraud, and enlist citizen observers to prevent cheating.

"The 13th general elections will be one of the dirtiest elections ever seen and we should not anticipate any change in the near future," Bersih chairman Ambiga Sreenevasan told a press conference.

 
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