(GE12) SPR tries to trip the Opposition? February 22, 2008Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Malaysia, Politics.
Tags: EC, Elections Commission, GE12, PRU12, SPR
This was only announced to the media yesterday.
Today is Friday. Nomination Sunday. Democracy BN-style.
Friday February 22, 2008
Declaration stamp a must, says EC PUTRAJAYA: For the first time, all candidates submitting their nomination papers must have the accompanying statutory declaration stamped, or risk having the papers rejected.
Election Commission (EC) secretary Datuk Kamaruzaman Mohd Noor advised candidates to comply with this regulation, as statutory declarations are not exempt from stamp duty under the Stamp Act and the Election Regulations.
“The Election Commission wishes to announce that under Regulation 6(2A)(c) of the Election Regulation (Conduct of Elections) 1981, the returning officer can reject the nomination papers of a candidate if the statutory declaration (Form 5 or 5A) that is attached to it does not adhere to Regulation 4(7) Election Regulation (Conduct of Elections) 1981,” he said.
Kamaruzaman said the duty stamp can be purchased at any Pos Malaysia counter for RM10, or they could get the form franked at any Inland Revenue Board office or service centre.
He said duty stamps purchased from Pos Malaysia could be validated at any of the 128 district offices nationwide.
“The Inland Revenue Board has agreed to cooperate with the Election Commission by keeping its offices and service centres nationwide open till 6pm on Saturday to facilitate the franking of candidates’ forms before nomination day,” he said.
Kamaruzaman said this was the first time the EC was imposing this regulation even though it has been in existence since 1981.