Problem with polls petitions is not law, but judges

Hornbill Unleashed

Kim Quek

Ever since Pakatan Rakyat declared its intention to challenge the results of the 13th General Election (GE 13)- by far the dirtiest in history – there has been a deluge of pessimism by lawyers over the chances of success of such legal challenges.

The reasons for such pessimism range from the historical low rate of success of election petitions (vast majority being struck off before reaching hearing stage) to the high standard of proof demanded by our election laws.

While the former reason is true, the latter reason is not.

Contrary to popular legal opinion, it is easy to annul a dubious election under our election laws.

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