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    SPR: EC mulls adopting NZ's election model - MMP

    19 July 2013| last updated at 12:42AM
    EC mulls adopting New Zealand's election model

    By A. AZIM IDRIS |

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    MIXED SYSTEM: First-past-the-post style combined with proportional system

    PUTRAJAYA: THE Election Commission is studying the possibility of introducing a "mixed electoral system" for future general elections.

    EC deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar said the commission had developed a mixed system incorporating the current first-past-the-post (FPTP) system and the proportional representation system to complement the latter.

    This was among the proposals being studied, besides automatic voter registration and massive redelineation exercise that will be forwarded to stakeholders and Parliament, he told the New Straits Times yesterday.

    Wan Ahmad said adopting the proportionate representation system merely based on popular votes may lead to wider division between developed and underserviced constituencies.

    "Under the proportionate representation system, there won't be any definite representative for each seat.

    "As such, there won't be any commitment between the elected representative and people."

    The FPTP system was fair, he said, adding that it held elected representatives accountable in bringing development to their constituencies and to be responsible to their voters.

    "With FPTP, seats are contested by members of parties. However, in proportional representation, the people selected from a party list and candidates do not have constituencies.

    "Under FPTP, people are able to unseat a representative who does not perform well during his or her term and replace him or her during a general election."

    He said the study was made following the 22-point electoral reform recommendations made by the Parliamentary Select Committee on Electoral Reform before the last general election.

    "A lot of effort is being undertaken to carry out all the reforms. However, to our detractors, including certain non-governmental organisations, we are not doing anything."

    Wan Ahmad said the EC was looking into all aspects of the proposed mixed system which is similar to the one adopted by New Zealand and Thailand.

    Currently, some 65 countries use variations of the FPTP while 75 others practise the proportionate representation system.

    "We are now studying the New Zealand model. Maybe we can have a mixed system like that in New Zealand.

    "A mixed electoral system will place Malaysia as one of the few countries with a unique democracy."

    He, however, said the proposed system was not without weaknesses as all electoral systems had flaws.
    EC deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar says the EC is looking into all aspects of the proposed mixed electoral system

    Read more: EC mulls adopting New Zealand's election model - General - New Straits Times

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    EC not keen on proportional representation system

    The current electoral system is better than the proportional system that is being bandied around as an alternative, said Election Commission deputy chief Wan Ahmad Wan Omar.

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