Electoral system reform not rocket science, says EC chairman

Asila Jalil

Election Commission chairman Azhar Azizan Harun says electoral system reform can be split into four categories. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Afif Abd Halim, December 1, 2018.

REFORMING the electoral process is not rocket science, said Election Commission chairman Azhar Azizan Harun.

He said flaws in the system have been identified, and the EC knows what needs doing.

“It’s not rocket science because we know our flaws and we know what needs to be done.

“There is no need for much thinking because there are so many flaws, and there is so much negative perception.

“The things we need to do are clear, and they have to be done,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the Electoral Reform Roundtable in Parliament today.

Azhar said there are four categories of reform.

The first comprises changes that can be made immediately without the need to amend laws and regulations.

“The second requires amendments to regulations, which, by law, I can do, so it’s not a problem. For example, the matter of nomination day.”

He said the third category requires amendments to the law, and this will take time as the matter must be brought to Parliament.

The last category is the hardest as changes to the federal constitution are required, he said.

“That needs a two-thirds majority. That will take a long time.”

Azhar previously said the EC will announce election results faster than news portal Malaysiakini.

“Among the initiatives we thought of is to publish Form 14. Not the (official) results, just Form 14, which is not confirmed,” he said, adding that it can be taken as the unofficial results.

Form 14 is also known as the post-tallying statement form. – December 1, 2018.

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  • Form 14 is not a good idea.. once that form makes its rounds, people will misconstrue to believe it is the final outcome. And when the actual results are published, chaos erupts!

    Posted 5 years ago by TTs Take · Reply