Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Maria Chin is Bersih 2.0’s new head

NOVEMBER 12, 2013
Activist Maria Chin Abdullah (pic, left) is the new chair of Bersih 2.0,  after she was the only person nominated for the top position in the electoral watchdog's elections.
Bersih 2.0 or the Coalition of Free and Fair Elections will hold its first ever elections at the end of this month. Current co-chair Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, who will officially step down on November 30, was one of those who nominated Maria for the post.
The position of Bersih 2.0 vice-chair will see a contest between Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa and Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh while Masjaliza Hamzah and Nahar Md Nor will contest the treasurer’s post.
Five nominees are vying for the two committee member seats – K. Arumugan, Ng Chak Ngoon, Farhana Halim, Hishamuddin Rais and New Sin Yew.
The elections will be held at the PJ Library on November 30 and campaigning will come to a close on November 29.
The five-member steering committee team elected at the national level will serve a two-year term.
Bersih 2.0 Election Committee member Stanley Yong said at a press conference today that even though the new chair is already known the new steering committee will only be officially announced on November 30.
Another six committee members will be elected later on from the regional level to add to the five-member national level committee.
A total of 90 endorsing organisations of Bersih 2.0 will have one vote each at the November 30 polls. – November 12, 2013.

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