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'Bersih will march on, even without Maria'

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Bersih will march on despite the resignation of its chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah.

In a statement, the steering committee of the electoral watchdog said it will continue to fight for clean and fair elections, especially the upcoming 14th general election (GE14).

"Although Maria has resigned, there is no difference in Bersih. Bersih will continue fighting for fair elections.

"Bersih will focus on GE14, especially the 'Satukan Tenaga, Kalahkan Penipuan' campaign which promotes institutional reforms and the importance of voting, as well as the Pemantau initiative, which calls on all Malaysians to become independent election observers and to report cheating and faults in the electoral process in their respective constituencies," said the statement.

Bersih will now be steered by the committee and Maria's tasks will be taken over by Bersih deputy chairperson Shahrul Aman Mohd Shaari, the statement added.

"We wish Maria all the best for Maria in her political journey.

"Bersih is a non-partisan movement focused on the reformation of the electoral system."

Earlier today, Maria announced her resignation from Bersih and said that she will contest as an independent candidate to Pakatan Harapan, but vowed that she would not join any political party.

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