Friday February 1, 2013
EC appoints 16 NGOs as observers for GE13
By ZUHRIN AZAM AHMAD
PUTRAJAYA: The Election Commission has appointed 16 non-governmental organisations as local observers for the 13th general election.
As observers, they are free to move around the constituencies they have picked, including the nomination, polling, counting and tabulation centres.
EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Yusof said each NGO could assign three people to one constituency.
“There is no restriction to the number of constituencies they want to observe.
“If they have the capacity to cover the whole nation, they can go ahead with that,” he said after presenting appointment letters to the five peninsula-based organisations here yesterday.
They are Malaysian Youth Council, Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas), Centre for Public Policy Studies (CPPS), Merdeka Centre and Gabungan Persatuan Orang Cacat Malaysia.
The remaining NGOs are from Sabah and Sarawak.
Those from Sabah are Malaysian Historical Society Sabah Chapter, Sabah Youth Association and Federation of Chinese Association Sabah.
The NGOs in Sarawak are Persatuan Belia Islam Nasional Sarawak, Persatuan Kebangsaan Melayu Sarawak, Orang Ulu National Association, Dayak Bidayuh National Association, Sibu Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Sibu Melanau Association, Miri Chinese Association and Federation of Orang Ulu Association Malaysia.
Abdul Aziz said that once the observers had been assigned to a constituency, they could not switch to other areas.
He added that the NGOs had been given one month to submit details of their members to the EC.