EC must be fair to all who use the new technology in election campaigns
DAP National Deputy Chairman and MP for Kepong Dr Tan Seng Giaw calls on the Election Commission (EC) to be fair and just to candidates and political parties that campaign using website,blog and SMS during elections.
More people will be using the new technology to spread their message during elections. Let us make sure that they get a fair deal.
Dr Tan comments on the statement by the Deputy Chairman of EC, Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar, who says on 27.4.2008 that action can be taken by EC against those who campaign using the new technology, if they are found to infringe the regulations.
The Election Offences Act, 1954, does not cover the newer technology such as blog and SMS. This means that EC is considering amending the Act to acquire wider power that covers campaigns through the modern technology.
We hope that all those who use the new technology will speak the truth, relying on proven facts.
What is important is that EC must be fair and just in dealing with all who use the new technolgy to campaign during elections.
Dr Tan Seng Giaw