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Mafrel, Bersih protest EC decision on indelible ink

By Jacqueline Ann Surin [email protected] KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians for Free and Fair Elections (Mafrel) chairman Abd Malek Hussin and several other coordinators have withdrawn as Election Commission (EC)-accredited polls observers, to protest the EC’s sudden decision to scrap the use of indelible ink in the March 8 polls. “In order to defend the principle of [...]

Election Ad Spending (Part 1)

The Barisan Nasional (BN) is estimated to have spent at least RM1.05 million in print media advertising in the first three days since campaigning began, between Feb 25 and 27. Conversely, according to a daily survey of 18 newspapers by Transparency International-Malaysia (TIM), opposition parties PAS, DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat have not taken out [...]

Coverage of the Campaign (Part 1)

IN the run-up to the Feb 24 nomination day, at least 44% of news stories about the 12th general election in Malaysia were pro-Barisan Nasional (BN) for the period between Feb 18 and 22. On average, the six newspapers which were monitored by a citizens’media monitoring initiative had between 50% and 70% stories that portrayed [...]

Favourite days for the polls

Since 1955, polling day has been held every day in the week but for Friday. The most popular days that have been fixed by the Election Commission for voting to take place has predictably been Saturday and Sunday. In the last 12 elections, polling has been held on Saturday thrice (1964, 1969, 1974), Sunday three [...]

Election and Campaign Period

Parliament was dissolved on Feb 13 in 2008. Nomination of candidates will be held on Feb 24 and polling on March 8. What’s significant about these dates from a number’s point of view? Firstly, at 25 days, the 2008 election will have the longest election period – beginning from the dissolution of Parliament right up [...]