Egyptian adores Malaysia as one of the few `muslim democracies’ in the world. Little do they know that the Egyptian laws, especially post revolution, had surpassed Malaysia. The following are a comparison between the election laws between the 2 countries:
* Egypt allows direct election of the top executive-the president; Malaysia leave the important post to the winning parties in the Parliament;
*Egypt use indelible ink even before revolution; Malaysia will use it if it is not stopped again before the 13th General Eletions;
*Egypt post election allow overseas citizens to vote-Malaysian EC still try to drag their feet over this provision demanded by the PSC on electoral reforms;
*Presidential candidates must make detailed declaration of their wealth in Egypt; in Malaysia even after being elected for many years and terms the politicians refused to declare their usually growing wealth;
*Egypt allow local and international election observers-but Malaysia doesn’t;
*Nomination time in Egypt last for 1 month-from Mar 10th to Apr 8th, during office hours; Malaysia only allows 1 hour for all candidates to submit nomination forms-about the world’s shortest;
*Campaigning period last for 3 weeks -from Apr 30 to May 20-much longer than in Malaysia where the usual period is only 8-13 days;
* campaign fund limit will be audited in Egypt-unlike in Malaysia, making a mockery of the campaign fund’s legal limit in Malaysia;
*Egypt enforce 48 hour cooling period of polling date-Malaysia practically allow campaigning up to polling day;
*Egypt allow a run-off election when the top candidate fail to win 50%+1 vote, but Malaysia accept the top winning candidate as the victor, without bothering to allow the people to select the candidate who could win the majority votes;
* Egypt require the presiding officer in a polling station to select a voter to act as a 2nd election observer if there is no 2nd party agent turning up at the polling station; They actually can’t start the polling station without doing this-thus ensuring that all polling stations are watched by at least 2 persons; In Malaysia the absence if party agents is not considered important and some are said to take advantage of this to defraud on the Opposition candidates!
From the above it is clear that Egyptian election laws contain much that Malaysia can emulate. And that happen in a country of 81millionn population governed by only half a million civil servants, compared to Malaysia’s 27million population governed by 1.4million civil or not so civil, servants.