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The EC seems to have read the report from election observers and picked up this doable recommendation: to shorten the voter registration process. MEO-Net’s proposal was presented to the EC in the last meeting in February -and the original proposal was to shorten the period to 2 weeks-with a safeguard against organised voter migrations in the form of on-going on-line display of the national voter roll to enable constant public scrutiny.  The EC reportedly want to shorten it to 1 month or 4 weeks. A great improvement if it can be done ahead of the Sarawak State Elections. So the voter registration campaign should just press on full steam!

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/ec-says-wants-to-update-electoral-roll-monthly/

EC says wants monthly electoral roll update

By G. Manimaran
August 03, 2010

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EC or the BN politicians had rejected a number of ways to increase voter registrations: automatic registration, increase payment for each voter registered from Rm1.00 to Rm3.00; and now also on-line registration(see report below). However the BN is not unanimous in its stand:

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/8/3/nation/6785648&sec=nation

Tuesday August 3, 2010
Election Commission not keen to register new voters via Internet

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Yee Siew Meng
Aug 4, 10(Malaysiakini)

Fifteen years ago, I used to make regular business trips to Manila, a country in its afterglow. The economy was small, the nation was suffering from political instability and years of plunder from the Marcos era. The nation depended on its women population who worked as domestic help overseas.

The 1997 financial crises which rocked Asean countries brought the country further into turmoil and poverty. Yet in the 70s I recall going there as a child and remembering being impressed by the modern city and its affluence.

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EC's expenses in various by-elections

Some measures have been proposed/discussed by the EC to improve the electoral administration of the EC-are they answering the calls by the people? What are lacking? Looking at the asnwer from Nazri the EC repeat its interests to extend the nomination/objection period from 2 hour currently to 2 days -with 1 day for nomination and another for objections. Each party would be allowed half a day to file nomination of their candidate to avoid the tension which arise from party supporters congregating in a limited space within limited time. However the proposed change had been reduced from the previous suggestion of 3 days -showing a lessening of willingness to allow more space for the essential electoral process. Observers’ suggestion was 1 week-in comparison to over 1 month for many other democracies in Asia.

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