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PSC tables 22 recommendations on electoral reforms
KUALA LUMPUR: The parliamentary select committee on electoral reforms were tabled in Parliament today.
Its chairman Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili tabled the committee’s 22 recommendations after almost six months of meetings and deliberations.
Out of the 22 recommendations, the nine-men committee from both the government and the opposition unanimously agreed upon 18 while four recommendations were voted upon.
The 18 unanimously agreed upon recommendations were:
1) Allowing all Malaysians overseas vote via the Malaysian High Commissions in the country or by postal vote.
2) Allowing voters to vote outside of their constituency.
3) Date on dissolving Parliament
4) Caretaker government
5) Stricter enforcement of existing laws regarding those who provide false information when registering as a voter.
6) Fair and equal access of media.
7) Continuous cleaning of the electoral roll.
8) Monitor and probe addresses that have many voters registered to it.
9) Allow objections to the electoral roll made via political parties, NGO and others.
10) The use of an alternative address apart from the one stated in MyKad to determine the voter's constituency.
11) Empowering the EC.
12) Restructure and strengthen the EC.
13) Widen the scope of the Election Academy.
14) Separation of powers for key functions vested upon the EC.
15) Balance the seats distribution in Sabah and Sarawak with the Peninsular.
16) A balanced redelineation process to match the “one man-one vote system”
17) Provide state funds to political parties based on the number of seats won in polls.
18) New election system-- A study to replace the current the 'First Past the Post” election system.
The recommendations, which were passed on majority votes, were:
19) Allowing Elections Commission (EC) officials and media personnel to cast a postal vote.
20) Pre-registration process for citizens aged 20.
21) A minimum of 10 days campaigning period during election.
22) A study on automatic registration process for the future.
Debates on the report are ongoing.