General Elections in Malaysia, 20–21 October 1990

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These Election Reports are the observations, conclusions and recommendations of Commonwealth Observer Groups. The SecretaryGeneral constitutes these observer missions at the request of governments and with the agreement of all significant political parties. At the end of a mission, a report is submitted to the SecretaryGeneral, who makes it available to the government of the country in question, the political parties concerned and to all Commonwealth governments. The report eventually becomes a public document.




We received a number of representations from leaders of Opposition parties, certain pressure groups and individuals making complaints concerning unfair practices on the part of the Government and the Election Commission relating to various aspects of the election process. Basically, the complaints were of two categories: long-standing complaints such as uneven application of the law with regard to the use of the media in election campaigning, restrictions on election campaign meetings and malpractices in the operation of postal ballots; and allegations relating to specific irregularities in the actual preparation and supervision of the 1990 general elections.


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