PUTRAJAYA: The Election Commission (EC) states that it will pay particular attention to the facts in the decision to allow the petition to the Rantau headquarters.
Its chairman Azhar Azizan Harun said that although the justification for the verdict has not yet been issued, the commission will examine all the facts, in particular the division of duties and the violation of electoral laws and regulations regarding the date of the nomination.
He said that as an agency entrusted with the exercise and regulation of elections, the EC was determined to ensure compliance with all electoral law as well as good electoral practices that are in line with universal standards.
"Therefore, the EC will not tolerate any violation of electoral regulations by any parties, in particular by its employees.
"However, the EC accepts the fact that it is required to provide all electoral workers with information and knowledge about electoral law and regulations," he said in today's statement.
Azhar said that the EC will take follow-up action or additional action, if necessary, after receiving the justification of the verdict.
"This preliminary statement is issued without prejudice to the EC's right to appeal to the Court of Appeal against the decision, if it is appropriate and necessary," he said.
He also said that the EC will strive to ensure that its employees understand and comply with the laws and electoral regulations.
"To this end, a study will be carried out to assess the weakness of the training program for EC staff, and if necessary, action will be taken to improve the quality of the training program," he said.
As part of the program aimed at improving the electoral process in the future, Azhar said, the EC will also review the provisions in laws and electoral regulations to ensure better transparency and avoid errors in their interpretation.
Azhar said that the EC was grateful to its employees who sacrificed their time and energy in fulfilling their obligations to the country.
"The EC is convinced that they will continue to do their best for the country," he added.
Last Friday, the Electoral Court allowed petition by Dr. Streram Sinnasamy to disqualify Mohamad Hasan as the Rantau congregation.
Mohamad, who is the vice-president of Umno, won the venue without objection after Streram was banned from the nomination center on April 28 because he did not receive the pass issued by the EC.