We make this appeal fervently to ALL VOTERS, and we do mean, ALL ELIGIBLE VOTERS for the 7th April 2009 By-Elections, especially the YOUNG NON-Malay and Malay voters residing OUTSIDE these two by-election constituencies in Bukit Selembau, Kedah and Bukit Gantang in Perak, to please RETURN BACK TO VOTE,
It is obvious the Election Commission's decision was set out to frustrate YOUR vote.
Your vote is to tell the Election Commission it simply cannot get away with its blatant bias towards UMNO and against the Pakatan Rakyat.
To ALL eligible voters in Bukit Gantang in Perak and Bukit Selembau in Kedah:This time around, you need to available yourself to stand up to be counted in these two by-elections.
The Commission's cowardice in the face of UMNO is making a mockery of our democratic process and making Malaysians voters look like stupid fools.
Therefore, we call upon you, wherever you may be, and however inconvenient it will be, to make a small sacrifice of YOUR time at this hour of need to protect our sense of true democracy, TO GO BACK AND VOTE, in these two by-elections in Kedah and Perak.
Keep this polling date in your memory bank: 7th April 2009 (Tuesday).
Just do it for the love of your country.
The so-called neutral and independent Election Commission announced today that the by-elections for the Bukit Selembau state seat in Kedah and the Bukit Gantang parliament seat in Perak would be held simultaneously A DAY AFTER the Umno general assembly is completed - on April 7.
The polling day falls on a Tuesday, WORKING DAY, calculated move to REDUCE the amount of YOUNG and OUTSTATION voters.
Perak PAS deputy commissioner and elections director Asmuni Awi:
PKR chief strategist Saifuddin Nasution added that a disturbing pattern was emerging on how the EC decides on a polling date. He said,
"Why not on a weekend?
Is it because they want outstation NON-Malay voters NOT to come back on that day?
They know that NON-Malay voters would not give their votes to BN.
It confirms that the EC is working to the tune of Barisan Nasional."
Meanwhile, DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang described the late poll dates as a demonstration of the EC's "craven subservience" to Umno and urged the commission to reconsider the poll dates.
"Wherever Pakatan is the incumbent, EC will choose a working day which will pose problems for the voters.
In the case of Permatang Pauh, Penang was forced to declare a public holiday. Such problems can be avoided if a proper date is chosen.
Choosing a working day for a by-election shows that the EC is not committed to providing the conditions for mass participation in the polls."
Lim claimed that the EC had made history by holding an election at the tail-end of the 60 day constitutional limit.
He said the commission has reinforced public perception that it was an "Umno creature at the beck-and-call of the top party leadership".