KUALA LUMPUR — Jan. 24, 2019: A five-member tribunal will begin on Monday an investigation into allegations of misconduct by six former members of the Election Commission in the preparation and conduct of the 14th general elections last year.
The members of the tribunal, appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in accordance with the federal Constitution, are retired Federal Court judges Tan Sri Amar Steve Shim as chairman, Tan Sri Zaleha Zahari, Tan Sri Suriyadi Halim Omar, Tan Sri Jeffrey Tan and Datuk Dr. Prasad Sandosham Abraham.
Attorney-General Tommy Thomas said in a statement today that the counsel assisting the tribunal is M. Puravalen of the Malaysian Bar and Kogilambigai Muthusamy and Ann Khong Hui Li from the Attorney-General’s Chambers, with Ann also serving as secretary.
Although the six members have resigned, the tribunal has a free hand to decide on all matters as they deem fit when making their recommendations to the Agong, said Thomas.
The former EC members are Tan Sri Othman Mahmood, Datuk Md. Yusop Mansor, Datuk Abdul Aziz Khalidin, Datuk Sulaiman Narawi, Datuk K. Bala Singam and Datuk Leo Chong Cheong.
The allegations of misconduct had been levelled against them for their roles in the preparation and conduct of the 14th GE, prior to and on polling day on May 9.
Last October 17 it was reported that the government had begun the process of setting up the tribunal. A day later, five members of the EC announced their resignation while another tendered his resignation on November 27. All resignations were to take effect last January 1. — Bernama