Before the PSC the EC reportedly were considering 30 recommendations to be introduced to Parliament for consideration. Now after PSC made 10 suggestions the EC only will implment a selected 7-so-what happened to the 30 before? The 30 recommendations were never published-but reportedly include considering extending the super-short nomination of 1 hour to 2 days-a recommendation that will drastically cut security cost on nominations days to a mere fraction of its current cost. Many other sensible recommendations were also raised. So: what happened? Again the EC was said to consider automatic registration ie use the NRD’s database to automatically register voters above 21 years old. That will also save millions spent on voter registration every year-besides freeing tremendous human resource wasted by EC all these years to perform a useless exercise which only serve to disenfranchise 4mil eligible citizens! : WHY INDEED the EC seize upon the PSC and do less than what it planned????
Seven PSC proposals accepted for 13th GE
January 19, 2012
The EC has agreed to implement seven out of 10 proposals, while the remaining three are still being studied.
KUANTAN: The Election Commission (EC) has agreed to implement seven out of 10 proposals presented by the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) in the coming 13th general election, said EC chairman Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof.
The remainder three which involved non-resident voters, absentee voters abroad and changing of registration areas were still being studied, he said.
“The seven proposals which would be implemented for the 13th general election are the use of indelible ink; early voting by police and armed forces and their spouses; extending the electoral roll display from seven to 14 days; abolishing the objection process and withdrawal period for candidates; cleaning up of the electoral roll; and strengthening the EC,” he added.
Aziz was speaking to reporters after a briefing to managers and assistant managers in preparation for the 13th general election, here today.
He said the committee, which was formed August last year has completed its nationwide public hearing sessions on Jan 13 in Johor Bahru.
“We understand that the committee’s final report would be presented in Parliament during the March sitting,” he added.
In relation to the cleaning up of the electoral roll, he said the EC has given a list of 12.4 million registered voters to MIMOS Berhad, for action early this month.
“We’ve given them a deadline but hope it can be completed before the PSC report is presented in Parliament in March,” he said.
Commenting on concerns that certain parties would still be dissatisfied with the implementation of the proposals, he said they could always put forward their suggestions to the EC through various mediums including letters.
On another note, he informed that the EC had terminated the services of 24 Assistant Registrars, while another 67 were issued warnings for various inefficiencies.