EC: Existing rules cover ‘sex and smut’ campaigns


There are existing rules and ethics governing negative campaigns to deal with the proposed “sex and smut” campaign by Umno for the Kajang by-election.

Election Commission (EC) chairperson said that political parties have been informed time and again of the regulations and code of ethics that they have to abide to in an election.

“The EC has informed about the regulations and code of ethics that political parties have to abide to in election campaigns. Besides this, we have an election campaign enforcement team to monitor the campaigns.

“They (political parties) understand this and it is not necessary for me to comment further,” said Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof in a text message to Malaysiakini today.

He added that the EC will be issuing further statements on Wednesday, when the EC is expected to announce the nomination and polling day.
Abdul Aziz was asked to comment on reports yesterday that Umno information chief Ahmad Maslan (left) had directed that PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim’s sex allegations be highlighted in this Kajang by-election, which Anwar seeks to run.

Ahmad said that since the prosecution’s appeal against Anwar’s acquittal is slated for this month, the case is on-going, and that there are also allegations of the opposition leader being depicted in a sex-tape, which the Permatang Pauh MP had strongly denied.

The deputy finance minister saw that there was nothing wrong for BN to remind Kajang voters of the matter so they would choose the right assemblyperson.

PKR vice-president N Surendran has urged the EC to intervene and insist on BN chairperson Najib Abdul Razak to refrain the ruling federal coalition from resorting to such tactics and embark on a clean and fair campaign. – Malaysiakini

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