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MALAYSIA: EC STUDYING PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS FOR NEXT GENERAL ELECTION

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia Aug 10 (NNN-Bernama) � The Election Commission is scrutinising the proposed improvements for the next general election, the Dewan Rakyat (loWER House) was told yesterday.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mohamed Hanipa Maidin said the Institutional Reforms Committee (IRC) had submitted proposals for the improvements after looking at the views of various quarters.

The proposed improvements will involve amendments to the Federal Constitution and laws related to elections. Updating and studying the existing process require an appropriate time frame, he said.

He was replying to a question from Khoo Poay Tiong (PH-Kota Melaka) who had wanted to know the government and EC measures and short- and long-term strategy to strengthen and restore the integrity of the election system and process in the country.

Replying to a suggestion by Khoo for the government to direct the EC to resolve the issue of the electoral rolls that often sparked controversy during an election, Mohamed Hanipa said the government would not interfere in the work of the EC which was an independent body.

We will not interfere in the work of the EC. We will give EC the autonomy to act as an independent body. It is a body guaranteed by the constitution and we hope it discharges its task without fear or favour, he said.

Replying to a supplementary question, from Bung Moktar Radin (BN-Kinabatangan), who asked about online registration of voters and whether the voting age would be reduced from 21 to 18, Mohamed Hanipa said these were still under discussion.

Source: NAM News Network

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