Anwar calls rally Wednesday to challenge election results
Bersih plans people’s tribunals on election fraud
Anwar Ibrahim is calling a rally on Wednesday night at Kelana Jaya stadium, Petaling Jaya, to challenge the results of the general election.
Election reform group Bersih also said it was withholding recognition of the new government, and plans to will set up a people’s tribunal to investigate the extent of electoral fraud and irregularity. The tribunal would call those with first-hand information from the ground on irregularities and electoral fraud, as well as the candidates, to tell their experiences, she said.
Anwar had claimed victory for the Pakatan Rakyat last night, in a Tweet soon after polling ended, and urged Umno and the Election Commission not to hijack the election. After the official results were announced late in the night, Anwar told AFP: “I today maintain we won the elections. The Election Commission is complicit in the crime of stealing the election from Malaysians. The government has lost its legitimacy.”
Barisan Nasional leader Najib Razak, who was sworn in as the seventh prime minister this afternoon, has said he is not concerned about any challenge of the results by the opposition and electoral reform groups. “No, I think we can manage it and the most important thing is that we have to show the world we are a mature democracy.”
Anwar said today the Pakatan Rakyat would not accept the result “until the EC responds and issues an official statement to the allegations of irregularities and fraud”.