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6th March 2012, 02:19 PM
BERSIH 2.0 8-Demands
1. Indelible ink
2. Postal voting and advance voting
3. Cleaning up of the electoral roll
4. Nomination day procedures
a. Setting a minimum campaign period of 21 days
b. Free and fair access to media
c. Strengthening public institutions
d. Stopping corruption
e. Stopping dirty politics
Punish officers who illegally move voters, says Bersih (http://malaysiakini.com/news/191229)
Nigel Aw (http://www.tindakmalaysia.com/author?l=en&c=news&n=Nigel Aw)
1:50PM Mar 6, 2012
Election Commission (EC) officers who illegally approve the relocation of voters must be punished, says Bersih 2.0.
This is among five amendments to the Election Act 1958 that the electoral reform coalition has demanded in a memorandum to the parliamentary select committee (PSC) on electoral reform.
The memorandum, submitted today, was jointly prepared by Bersih 2.0 and election education and watchdog group Tindak Malaysia.
It includes proposed amendments to the Election Offences Act 1954 and Election Commission Act 1957.
http://media1-cdn.malaysiakini.com/447/bc15a3c96f845ffa9697678088a0ce6e.jpgPSC chairperson Maximus Johnity Ongkili (right in picture), who accepted the memorandum from Bersih 2.0 co-chairperson A Samad Said, responded: "Thank you for your input. We are all for transformation."
Samad said: "Our lawyers have scrutinised these laws and this is the outcome. We stress that these reforms must be (implemented) before the general election."
The opposition has constantly complained that voters are moved to different constituencies to change the composition, in order to tilt the election results.
The memorandum builds on Bersih 2.0's demands for electoral reform by providing the legal specifics for such changes.
"This is to make sure the PSC's report to Parliament will be as comprehensive as possible to ensure proper reform of the election system," said steering committee member Maria Chin Abdullah.
The proposals cover the:
1. Election Act 1958
Section 3: Returning and presiding officers to be drawn from civil society
Section 11: Qualifying date for voter registration abolished in lieu of automatic voting
Section 15(o): Punishment of officers who illegally approve relocation of voters
Section 16(2)(p): EC to draft election code of conduct
2. Election Offences Act 1954
Section 5: Abolition of confidential privilege for communications with EC officers when in court
Section 6: Protection and privilleges for EC must be subjected to lawful actions
Section 11: Grounds for public prosecutor's decision to prosecute election offences or otherwise must be submitted to EC and Parliament
Ten other points were proposed to the Election Offences Act 1954 including the immediate suspension of election officers who refuse to provide relevant forms on polling day.
6th March 2012, 02:43 PM
Poll reforms: Civil groups offer ‘to do the job’ (http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/2012/03/06/poll-reforms-civil-groups-offer-to-do-the-job/)
Tarani Palani (http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/author/tarani/)
March 6, 2012
Among the electoral reforms detailed in a memorandum for the PSC are the appointment of civilians as EC officers and for the EC to be independent.
KUALA LUMPUR: A group of civil society members today challenged the government to make changes for a fairer electoral process or pass the Election Commission (EC)’s budget to civilians who can assist in making these changes.
Election watchdog Bersih 2.0 together with Tindak Malaysia, a group which is involved in voter education and polling agents training, said that many a time, the EC has used the excuse that it lacked of resources for amendments.
To counter this “excuse”, Bersih and Tindak got a group of dedicated Malaysians to re-look the current process and propose detailed amendments to the parliamentary Acts concerning elections, election regulations and new boundaries for delineation.
Today, the two groups jointly submitted a memorandum concerning 18 amendments to the various election laws specifically looking into sections of the Elections Act 1958, Election Offences Act 1954 and the Election Commission Act 1957.
The memo was handed over by Bersih co-chairperson A Samad Said, better known as Pak Samad, to chairman of Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) for electoral reform, Maximus Ongkili in parliament.
Tindak founder and coordinator Wong Piang Yow said the essence of today’s memorandum was ‘to show that reforms can be done.
“Basically what we want to show is that the reforms can be done. If there is a will power, then the amendments (for a freer and fairer elections) can be done.
“If they can’t do it , then they should give us whatever budget that is allocated, so we can do it for them. In a way we can do a better job”, Wong said.
EC officers from civil society
He said that the proposed amendments to the laws, contained in the memorandum submitted today, took only two months to complete with the help of 10 lawyers who volunteered their services.
Some of the proposed amendments are Section 3 of the Elections Act 1958 where they have proposed that EC officers shall be drawn from relevant professional bodies, independent civil societies with procedures for appointment to be subject to public scrutiny.
Currently, it is the norm that EC officers are taken from the civil service.
Another suggested amendment was on Section 9A concerning the highly disputed electoral roll where many irregularities have been documented.http://cdn.freemalaysiatoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/A-Samad-Said-parlimen-300x225.jpg (http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/2012/03/06/poll-reforms-civil-groups-offer-to-do-the-job/a-samad-said-parlimen/)
They want the certified electoral roll to be subject to judges’ scrutiny in the event that an election is challenged.
Wong also said that more memorandums concerning delineation and electoral regulations will be handed over in the coming weeks.
Highlighting the disproportionate election boundaries, Wong said that currently one voter in Putrajaya is equivalent to 17 voters in Kapar. This was due to the way electoral boundaries are currently drawn.
“The boundaries should be drawn according to average voters nationally not the average in each state,” he said.
Reform first before polls
Together with Bersih, Tindak is demanding that EC be an independent entity and out of the reach of the Prime Minister’s office.
They have also demanded that the EC chairman and deputy receive a pay rise equivalent to the salary earned by a minister or a deputy minister.
They have asked that all the proposed electoral reforms be amended before the coming elections.
Meanwhile national laureate Pak Samad said that Bersih will take to “other actions” if the government failed to implement the changes.
“We stress that these proposals should be taken into consideration before the coming polls. If the (government) fails to do so, we will look to other actions.
“It is strange if the government does not want to implement these changes, because we are a democracy and in a democracy we work towards making it better” said Pak Samad.
6th March 2012, 09:08 PM
TindakMalaysia, Bersih to press PSC on polls reform
David Ng (http://www.tindakmalaysia.com/author?l=en&c=letters&n=David%20Ng)
6:11PM Mar 5, 2012
Times have indeed changed, and civil society is showing that they are very concerned with the way how the general election is conducted.
To prove that Malaysians are now more mature, they have gone beyond knowing their democratic rights to vote; instead, they have started to identify and point out the weaknesses in the electoral system to the Election Commission, the agency tasked with safeguarding a clean and fair election.
If the massive demonstration by some 50,000 Malaysians during Bersih 2.0 last July had not awaken the authorities that the people demand a clean and fair election, tomorrow's action by the Bersih 2.0 steering committee will hopefully get some positive actions taken by the Prime Minister, Najib Abdul Razak who, just two days ago, apologised for the mistakes made by the ruling party in the past.
This time, enlisting the help of another civil society involved in voter education and polling agent training, both the Bersih 2.0 steering committee and TindakMalaysia will be submitting a memorandum to the parliamentary select committee chairperson, Dr Maximus Ongkili, on electoral reforms.
Realising that time is not on their side, and after watching how slowly reforms have taken place in the electoral laws and regulations, Bersih 2.0 steering committee member Maria Chin Abdullah said that the fundamental basis of a democracy is that elections must be free and fair.
"The current election laws and regulations have many weaknesses that prevent the achievement of this ideal," she said. "We have worked together with TindakMalaysia and a team of lawyers and volunteers to draft the proposed changes to the electoral laws. Our primary objective in these proposals is to enhance public confidence in the Election Commission to carry out their constitutional duty to conduct elections freely and fairly."
The powers and functions of the EC are covered under the Constitution, the Election Laws and Regulations:
Composition of House of Representatives - Membership of Parliament, Articles 46 - 54,
Summoning, prorogation and dissolution of Parliament, Article 55
Elections, Articles 113 - 119
Delimitation of Constituencies, Thirteenth Schedule (Article 116)
Laws passed by Parliament:
Elections Act 1958 (Act 19)
Election Offences Act 1954 (Act 5)
Election Commission Act 1957 (Act 31) - Formation of Election Commission
Regulations drafted by EC
Elections (Conduct of Elections) Regulations 1981
Elections (Registration of Electors) Regulations 2002
Elections (Postal Voting) Regulations 2003
Throughout the years, TindakMalaysia's founder, Wong Piang Yow, said he has noticed a number of irregularities even in the elections regulations drafted by the Election Commission, which could give rise to cheating in the electoral process.
"For example, it is clearly stated that one must put an `X' to the party logo for a vote to be counted as valid," he said. "However, the regulations drafted much later by the Election Commission has allowed for even a tiny dot on a party logo to be counted as a valid vote."
This, he added, gives rise to cheating. "Supposing a voter picks up a ballot slip which has a dot on a party logo ABC, but votes for party XYZ, his vote will be automatically counted as a spoilt vote because of the tiny dot," Wong explained.
Wong said that as a responsible civil society, TindakMalaysia and its volunteers have done the groundwork by producing the amendments to the Electoral laws and regulations given the time constraints.
"We do not want the Election Commission to give excuses that they will not be able to make the proposed changes on time for the next general election," Wong said.
"We have come up with more than 70 proposals and more are on the way. Together with the proposals, we have drafted corresponding changes to the Election Laws and Regulations to make it easier for the Attorney-General's office to review them, given that there is a lot of public interest."
Bersih 2.0 has put up eight demands to the Election Commission (EC).
1. Clean up voter roll, automatic voter-registration,
2. Postal votes,
3. Indelible ink,
4. Minimum campaign period of 21 days,
5. Free and fair access to media,
6. Strengthening public institutions,
7. Stop corruption,
8. Stopping dirty politics
Only three of these demands have been met partially.
7th March 2012, 05:09 AM
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7th March 2012, 04:48 PM
作者／梁康 Mar 06, 2012 01:44:30 pm Merdekareview
【本刊梁康撰述】干净及公正选举联盟2.0联合主席沙末赛益（A.Samad Said）批评，政府的选举改革措施不力，当前只落实不褪色墨水措施，净选盟提出的其余改革建议则没有触及 ，并施压要首相纳吉务必要在来届大选前落实选举改革，实现自由及公正选举。
另外，净选盟（Bersih 2.0）与行动马来西亚（Tindak Malaysia）今日也向选举改革国会特别遴选委员会提呈备忘录，要求特委会向政府建议修改三项攸关选举 改革的法令。
十、第41条款：决定投票站选举主任（Returning Office）和投票站选举官（Presiding Officer）是否有权拒绝移除的选票。
行动马来西亚组织代表黄炳耀也解释，有关选举犯罪提控需要向选举委员会及国会报告的原因，因为目前无法进行 选举犯罪检控，因为总检察司需要向总检察长禀报，而总检察长需向首相禀报，从而出现利益冲突问 题。
7th March 2012, 05:14 PM
（吉隆坡6日訊）淨選盟2.0不滿提出落實“8大訴求”中的41個建議中，選舉改革國會特別遴選委員會只採 納3項建議，今日再度提呈備忘錄給選舉改革國會特別遴選委員會，要求遴選會修改3項法令共18項條文，以確 保第十三屆全國大選是乾淨與公正的選舉，同時能讓人民信服。
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19th March 2012, 02:49 PM
Press Statement: 16 January 2012
BERSIH 2.0: Review of the PSC’s recommendations and EC’s responses
The Parliamentary Select Committee for Electoral Reform (PSC) ended its final public
hearing last week on 12 January 2012. BERSIH 2.0 has compiled a table of comparison
between BERSIH 2.0’s recommendations for key areas of electoral reform, the PSC’s
recommendations in its interim report and the areas which the EC has committed to
implement (see attached).
Out of the 41 recommendations made by BERSIH 2.0 on our 8 demands, election
observation and constituency redelineation; the PSC in its interim report has fully adopted
only four of our recommendations which are:
1. Thorough and independent audit of the electoral roll
2. Allow eligible voters living overseas to vote as absent voters
3. Adopt advance voting for service voters
4. Use of indelible ink
The PSC has partially adopted another four of BERSIH 2.0’s recommendations which are:
1. Display of supplementary electoral roll to be extended from 7 days to 14 days,
instead of the BERSIH 2.0 recommendation of 30 days.
2. Removal of RM10 objection fee and limit on number of objections allowed per
person. However, PSC did not pick up BERSIH 2.0’s further recommendation for any
voter, regardless of constituency, to make objection and extension of 7-day notice to
14 days for objected person to attend public inquiry. Most alarmingly, the PSC
completely ignored BERSIH 2.0’s demand for transparent revision of principal or
supplementary electoral rolls after certification, on which the EC holds unchecked
3. Establish a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to investigate allegations of non-citizens obtaining citizenship and participating as voters at Sabah. BERSIH 2.0
recommended for the establishment of an RCI to investigate all allegations of giving
citizenships to non-citizens in exchange for votes.
4. Extend absentee voting to East Malaysians living at West Malaysia and West
Malaysians living at East Malaysia. BERSIH 2.0 recommended for postal voting to be
extended to all eligible Malaysians expected to be out of their constituency and at
least 250km away from closest absentee voting centre.
Disappointingly, the EC has publicly committed to three reforms, which correspond to only three of BERSIH 2.0’s recommendations, which were also recommended by the PSC. These are:
1. Use indelible ink in the 13th General Elections (GE-13)
2. Implement advance voting for service voters
3. Audit of electoral roll by engaging MIMOS Berhad
13, Lorong 4/48E, 46050 Petaling Jaya
Tel: +603 7772 3275 Fax: +603 77844978
Email: email@example.com URL: www.bersih.org (http://www.bersih.org)
Other recommendations made by the PSC that are of deep concern to BERSIH 2.0 are the removal of objection period of nomination of candidates and removal of serial numbers on ballot papers. If implemented, the removal of serial numbers on ballot papers will open possibilities of ballot stuffing. To ensure secrecy of the ballot, BERSIH 2.0 recommends to maintain the serial numbers but also to distribute the ballot papers to voters at random.
With regards to removal of objection period, BERSIH 2.0 disagrees with giving EC full
discretion over eligibility of candidates. Voters should be allowed to express any objections they may have to any nominated candidate.
Overall, BERSIH 2.0 is of the view that the PSC interim report should have included all
substantial recommendations to ensure that key reforms are implemented by the EC
immediately. We are disappointed that the PSC made only a few recommendations despite having heard substantial recommendations from BERSIH 2.0 and other groups and individuals.
The EC’s apparent lack of commitment and pro-activeness in implementing not only BERSIH 2.0’s recommendations but also the PSC’s recommendations indicates a serious lack of political will in facilitating deeply needed reforms in the electoral system. As the constitutional institution that is entrusted to manage electoral processes and uphold the rights of voters, the EC appears to be unwilling to fulfil its constitutional duties. BERSIH 2.0 reminds the EC that it is not answerable to any political master but to ALL citizens of Malaysia. The EC has therefore abandoned its constitutional role and responsibility to ensure electoral reform and good governance be practised and implemented before any elections can take place.
Electoral injustice in Malaysia has continued for far too long. Malaysians are i
ncreasingly aware of the flaws and injustice in the electoral system and taking a proactive roll to monitor the performance of the EC. If the EC intends to gain the confidence of the people of Malaysia, it must stop making excuses and immediately start taking steps to reform the electoral system to ensure free and fair elections in Malaysia.
The EC and the Najib Administration must recognise a clear fact: Malaysians will not accept anything less than a thorough and sincere reform of the electoral process. The 50,000 brave Malaysians who marched through the streets of Kuala Lumpur on 9 July 2011 in defiance of police violence and arrests have made their stand. Any false attempt of reform – like the Peaceful Assembly Bill – will invite not praises, but only backlash.
Salam BERSIH 2.0!
Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH 2.0)
The Steering Committee of BERSIH 2.0 comprises:
Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan (Co-Chairperson), Datuk A. Samad Said (Co-Chairperson), Ahmad
Shukri Abdul Razab, Andrew Khoo, Arul Prakkash, Arumugam K., Dr Farouk Musa, Liau Kok Fah, Maria Chin Abdullah, Richard Y W Yeoh, Dr Subramaniam Pillay, Dato’ Dr Toh Kin Woon, Dr Wong Chin Huat, Dato’ Yeo Yang Poh and Zaid Kamaruddin
Comparison between BERSIH 2.0’s recommendations on key electoral reforms, the PSC’s recommendations in its interim report and the EC’s responses
BERSIH 2.0’s recommendations
Automatic voter registration
Automatic removal of deceased voters and former citizens via
updates from NRD database
Automatic removal of multiple
registrations of service voters
including simultaneous display of military/police IC and civilian IC in electoral roll
Listing of newly naturalised citizens on electoral roll
Implementing online voter
registration and online tracking
system to monitor progress of
application (interim measure
before implementing automatic
Monthly revision of supplementary electoral roll
Display of supplementary electoral roll online and on location for minimum 30 days (currently displayed for only 7 days). All names not objected to should immediately proceed for
Extend display of
supplementary roll to 14 days.
Removal of unnecessary
restrictions to objections
a. Objection fee of RM10 should be refundable if objection is
allowed, remove limit to no. of
b. Allow any voter regardless of
constituency to make objection
c. Extend 7-day notice to 14 days for person to whom objection is being made to attend public inquiry.
a. Removal of objection fee of RM10 and limit
of number of
b. Amend regulations to
allow objections on
Transparent revision of principal or supplementary electoral rolls after certification including restriction of power of Chief Registrar of Electors
to modify electoral rolls and
amending the EOA to make illegal alteration of electoral rolls by EC officials an offence.
Set up independent electoral roll auditing committee
EC to appoint MIMOS Berhad to conduct audit of electoral roll to verify the following issues and to report the findings to
a. Two voters with same IC
b. Deceased voters in
c. Voters above the age
d. Non-citizen voters
e. Multiple registration
of voters under a
f. Voters who lost
eligibility to vote
However, no long term
mechanism is proposed.
EC will meet with
MIMOS Berhad to
Electoral rolls should be made available to political parties, civil society groups and research
institutions at marginal cost
EC to conduct
verification of the Sabah electoral roll.
Form a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to investigate claims of giving citizenship to foreigners in exchange of votes
In the longer term, form a Royal Commission of
Inquiry to investigate
allegations of non-citizens obtaining
participating as voters at Sabah.
BERSIH 2.0’s recommendations
Eligibility: All Malaysian registered voters expected to be overseas on polling day.
amendments to existing
regulations to include
eligible voters living
overseas in the category
of absent voters.
Eligibility: All Malaysians expected to be out of their constituency and at least 250km away from closest
absentee voting centre.
amendments to existing
regulations to allow East
Malaysians living at
Peninsula Malaysia and
West Malaysians living in
East Malaysia to vote via
Process: Absent voters must apply
for absentee ballots two weeks
before polling day.
Process: Advance voting (1 day
before polling day) for service
voters and overseas voters (except
in Singapore and Brunei).
Advance voting to be
used for military voters
and their spouses, and
Advance voting to
include Election Officers,
doctors, nurses and
journalists on duty on
Advance voting to
Process: Distance voting for service voters, domestic absent voters and overseas voters in Singapore and Brunei.
Process: Postal voting for other
Any military or police voters (excluding
spouses) unable to attend advance voting due to posting at rural areas should apply for
Postal voting to be available for
who are unable
BERSIH 2.0’s recommendations
Implement ndelible ink and make necessary mendments to relevant regulations to facilitate the
Implement indelible ink
for GE-13. EC should
speed up process of
regulations to facilitate
Will be implemented in the next GE.
EC tostipulate campaign period of
not less than 21 days.
AmendEA to instutionalise minimum campaign period of 21
Freeand fair access to media
AmendEA to compel state-owned media to provide reasonably equal free airtime to contesting parties and candidates.
Televisedprime mnisterial public debates shall be televised.
AmendEOA to ensure fair access to private media for all contesting
parties and candidates including paid advertisements, news and fair reporting. Any media outlets that
practise discrimination in access to advertising should be prosecuted.
AmendEOA to make and offence any deliberate denial of any
contesting party or candidate to the right to reply to any accusations made against then or
Establishcode of conduct for media on election coverage.
AmendPrinting Presses and Publications Act 1984 and Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 to remove restrictions of
content regulation and to prevent media ownership monopolies.
AbolishSedition Act 1948, Official Secrets Act 1972 and Internal
Security Act 1960.
BERSIH 2.0’s recommendations
Membershipof the EC should be expanded to include more than just senior civil servants including representatives of other segments of society.
ECshould use its powers under Article 113(5) of the FederalConstitutions to make rules to prohibit use of public institutions or government machinery by the government of the day in their political and election campaigns.
Adopta practice of a caretaker government where the party in
government relinquishes decision-making powers to a caretaker administration for the duration of the election campaign.
Implementa cooling-off period whereby senior civil servants shall not be permitted to join political
parties within a specified period upon resignation or retirement.
Explainto the public that EC is independent and
not influenced by any parties.
powers to EC to enforce election laws and increase human resource and financial capacity of the EC to reduce
dependence on other agencies.
EmpowerEC to penalise, if not disqualify, those who engage in vote buying.
Establishvigilant monitoring mechanisms before and during
elections on vote buying and set up a reporting system to allow public
with evidences to report vote buying.
Disallowannouncement of development projects close to and/or during elections unless for
emergency and disaster purposes.
EC toenforce both existing and further enhanced rules against
dirty politics during an election campaign. A handbook of the rules
should be published and
EC tomake immediate
arrangements to invite
international election observers and to institutionalise this practice as a norm.
ECmust abide the requirement of
‘approximately equal’ apportion stipulated by the Federal Constitution and abandon its
AmendS.2, Part I of the 13th Schedule of the Federal Constitution to add a new principle that “a state constituency
must not be larger than half of the smallest parliamentary
constituency in the same state” to check on the malapportionment
AmendS.2, Part I of the Thirteenth Schedule of the Federal Constitution to add three new
a. constituencies should not cross the boundaries of local authorities
b. no arbitrary combination of local
communities is allowed
c. no arbitrary partitioning of local
authorities is allowed.
AmendS.10, Part 2 of the Thirteenth Schedule of the Federal Constitution the effect that the redelineation proposal needs to be
approved with two-third majority.
19th March 2012, 02:52 PM
Postal voting: Polls reform group wants safeguards (http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/postal-voting-polls-reform-group-wants-safeguards/)
By Anisah Shukry
March 19, 2012
KUALA LUMPUR, March 19 — A polls reform group wants the Election Commission (EC) to set up safeguards as postal voting's “synonymous with fraud and unfair balloting”.
“For too long, postal voting in Malaysia has not operated as the law intended,” said Andrew Yong, international coordinator for MyOverseasVote, in a statement today.
“Instead of being sent directly to servicemen and women, armed forces postal ballot papers have been sent via the military chain of command, allowing them to be intercepted and fraudulently misused.
“Armed forces postal voters have had to mark their ballot papers in front of their military superiors, thereby putting them in fear that votes would not be secret.”
Last December, MyOverseasVote proposed to the Parliamentary Select Committe (PSC) that each political candidate be allowed to appoint overseas election agents to monitor the postal voting process.
They further suggested that all postal ballot papers be sent by diplomatic pouch to the embassy/consulate and then forwarded to postal voters in the presence of election agents.
The voters should return the ballots to the same embassy
/consulate by post, courier or in person, where the ballots will be placed in one out of 27 sealed ballot boxes signed by the election agents.
MyOverseasVote further said that the ballots must be counted in the presence of the election agents before the deadline for the return of the overseas postal ballots, which should be two days before polling day in Malaysia.
As postal ballot papers are sealed in envelopes, the postal ballot papers can be sorted by individual constituency after each box is opened.
The results for each box can then be tabulated in spreadsheet form and returned to the EC in Malaysia by fax.
Last week, The Malaysian Insider reported that there are currently an estimated 2,000 registered Malaysian voters living overseas.
On March 14, PSC chairman Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili told reporters after a closed-door meeting with the EC that it might not be possible for the EC to implement any form of overseas voting if national polls were held in the near future.
Another PSC member, Anthony Loke, told reporters that the committee has yet to decide whether to accept the EC’s proposal on overseas voting.
“There have been reservations from some of the committee members, but nothing has been decided yet.
“We will meet next Tuesday to finalise,” the DAP Rasah MP told reporters.
The PSC’s final report is expected to be tabled in Parliament on April 2. Malaysians living abroad will only be able vote in the next general election if they use the postal voting system, the Election Commission (EC) said.
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