Study finds Malaysia near bottom in electoral integrity

Looi Sue-Chern

The study found the electoral process was systematically manipulated to bias outcomes meant to keep BN in power. – EPA file pic, December 1, 2017.

MALAYSIA ranks higher than Zimbabwe, Vietnam and Afghanistan in electoral integrity, but far behind regional neighbours Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines, according to an academic paper on elections.

The research paper titled “Malaysia’s Electoral Process: The Methods and Costs of Perpetuating Umno Rule” assigns a PEI (Global Perceptions of Electoral Integrity) score that measures electoral laws, electoral procedures, district boundaries, voter registration, party registration, media coverage, campaign finance, the voting process, and vote count to capture an electoral system’s degree of manipulation.

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  • Shameful, the fact that Mugabe was ousted peacefully proves that Zimbabwe is above Malaysia in many indexes. This is the legacy and 'achievement' of Najib, UMNO and BN's government.

    Posted 6 years ago by Kuasa Rakyat

  • In a functional democracy, upon knowledge of such a damning write-up, the Electoral Commission will immediately set about looking to respond to determine how it can correct such an impression, but sadly, not in Malaysia. This omission says a thousand volumes about the subserviency of such institutions in Malaysia.

    Posted 6 years ago by Insightful Malaysian