EC: Six rejected PSC proposals need further study

1:35PM Oct 10, 2012

Six out of the 32 recommendations of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on electoral reform will not be implemented for the next general election as they require further study, says Election Commission (EC) deputy chairperson Wan Ahmad Wan Omar.

Sin Chew Daily today quotes Wan Ahmad as saying that these recommendations could not be implemented because of high costs and legal constraints. Also, they are not directly related to the 13th general election.

However, Wan Ahmad said, the EC has confirmed that 11 out of the 32 recommendations would be implemented for the next general election, including the use of indelible ink and cleaning up of the electoral roll.

The six rejected proposals, he explained, involved the reform of the EC and changing the election system, the feasibility of which need few years of study.

The six recommendations are:

  • Voters can cast ballots in another state;

  • Voter pre-registration for those who turn 20;

  • Setting up of a special task force to deal with voters who submit false information;

  • Allowing NGOs and political parties to object to the gazetted electoral roll;

  • Balancing the number of parliamentary seats between peninsula and Sabah and Sarawak; and

  • Allow the use of non-MyKad addresses in the registration of voters.

On Monday, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz said the EC rejection of the six proposals did not mean they would not be implemented at some time in the future.

Elaborating, Wan Ahmad said pre-registration of voters aged 20 would involve amending Article 119 of the federal constitution, while allowing objections after the electoral roll has been gazetted would cause endless disputes.

The reallocation of seats in Sabah and Sarawak, he said, would be done in the next delineation exercise, which would only be done after the next general election.

The proposal to allow voters to register using non-MyKad addresses might be abused by certain quarters for political purposes, Wan Ahmad added.