The EC reportedly want to introduce the following changes to the election rules: media reps will be allowed to register as postal voters; early vote counting will be stopped. If we look at the 1st change-how does it compare to allowing the overseas and out-of-constituency voters eg East Malaysians working in West Malaysia, to enjoy their voting rights? If we look at the 2nd change-how does it compare to publicising the election results by postering it at the polling station rather than only give a copy to the party rep? This is the style of the EC-dwelling into the minor areas-and purposely miss out the bigger pictures!
13th GE is around the corner-yet the EC is still beating around the bush on electoral reforms. EC should remember that if the people feel too frustrated to express their wishes through the ballot boxes they may resort to other means es what happened in numerous Middle East countries. In Egypt electoral frauds is one of the motivators for their revolution. Do the EC try to push their people into desperation by blocking all the reasonable requests from the people to make the election process more transparent and reasonable? The only worthy part of these news is that the EC is reported to be briefing the Returning Officers -in their active preparation for the forthcoming elections. Watch out!!!
Some reasonable requests ignored purposely by the EC are:
1. longer nomination period to avoid the `seasonal’ congregation outside the nomination centers that generate tension among the people-and cost the people millions of security costs!
2. allow West Malaysians and out of constituency voters to utilise postal votes to enjoy voting rights-our very poor regional neighbours eg Indonesia, Philippines, Bangladesh do not deprive their out of country citizens the right to vote!
3. All opposition access to state owned media to restore a semblance of fairness to the electoral process-BN’s policy on this put them on par with dictatorial countries that deprive their Opposition from any say at all in the media;
4. Allow autonomy and independence to the EC as done in all self-respecting countries. Malaysia seems contented to position itself together with Burma and other `kiddy democracies’!
More can be added to this list-but please wake up-EC!