Thursday, May 22, 2008

Indelible ink: Police report lodged against PM, EC chairman

KUALA LUMPUR: A police report was lodged against Election Commission chairman Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi for the last-minute cancellation of the use of indelible ink in the 12th general elections on March 8.

The report was lodged by the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (Bersih) and National Institute for Electoral Integrity (NIEI) after Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar told Parliament that the decision to cancel the use of the indelible ink was based on ‘hearsay’ received by the police.

A spokesman, Faisal Mustaffa said Abdul Rashid had announced days before the 12th general election, at a press conference, that the usage of indelible was scrapped after some irresponsible people had smuggled in the ink.

Also present at the press conference were Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan and Attorney General Tan Sri Abdul Ghani Patail.

The report, which was lodged at the Dang Wangi police headquarters, also urged an investigation be to carried out against Musa and Abdul Ghani.

The commission had spent RM2.4mil to buy 48,000 bottles of the ink from India to be used in the general election.

seals: Then where was the 4 who was said was arrested with illegal possession of smuggled indelible ink ?

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