The Pakatan Harapan Government will free the Election Commission from the grips of the Prime Minister and other politicians by placing the Election Commission fully under Parliamentary monitoring.
4 May 2019 – The government has given the ERC two years to conduct studies on improving the election process. For starters, we have identified 15 components for improvements, which include the possibility of changing the election system from the present one of ‘having the most votes’ to a representational one which is practiced in many other countries. ERC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman said.
2 April 2019 – EC, UNDP to foster cooperation on Malaysian election reforms. Through this cooperation, UNDP will provide EC with technical consultation assistance in improving the electoral rolls and capacity building through Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE).
26 Mar 2019 – Interim report on election reforms to be handed over to PM by year end. Among the reforms are registration of voters, the registration of political parties, the electoral system used, re-delineation, the caretaker Government, voter education, media management, political funding, and the duties and responsibilities of the EC.
A quota will be established to ensure that civil society representatives become members of the Election Commission of Malaysia.
Appointment of members of the Election Commission will be through the process of approval by the Parliament.
A Special Committee will be formed under the Deputy Prime Minister to work with civil society in creating and publishing a guideline for a Caretaker Government. This will be expedited to ensure there is no abuse of government assets in GE15.
The Pakatan Harapan Government will lower the voting age limit to 18 years. Registration will be automatic based on details at the National Registration Department.
4 September 2019 – The status of the full implementation of Undi 18 is expected to be known as early as the end of next year or by the end of 2021, said Election Commission (EC) chairman Azhar Azizan Harun. He said the EC had to take into account some of the requirements and engagement sessions to provide a comprehensive and practical approach within the next 18 to 24 months.
C4 – It is hoped that the Election Commission (EC) will allow Sarawakian who are 18 years old and above to vote in the upcoming state assembly election. Undi 18 has expanded the electorate and made registration automatic, so it is reasonable due diligence, and stress tests need to be done to the system before it is ready. However, there is an urgency to this as the Sarawak legislature has not been tested since the regeneration of Malaysian democracy in 2017. It must be commended that under new leadership, the EC, has been more transparent in their processes to the public which gives confidence on the fairness of upcoming election.
28 August 2019 – Youths aged 18 and above are now eligible to register themselves as voters ahead of the 12th Sarawak State Election (PRN) which is expected to be held by early 2021. Electoral Reforms Committee (ERC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman said this was because the Bill to reduce the voting age limit to 18, was passed in Parliament recently.
C4 – The confirmation from the Election Commission that youths who are 18 years and above are eligible to vote in the upcoming Sarawak State Election is a victory for democracy. The lowering of the age to vote will expands the current electorate in Sarawak by 1.22 million people to 2.04 million people (data provided by Sarawak ROSE – https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/07/17/sarawak-based-cso-wants-automatic-voter-registration-in-place-before-next-state-polls). This will give hope for more voices will be added to the Sarawak State Assembly as the younger generation has seen the effects of cronyism and corruption on their prosperous yet impoverish state. With new voices in the assembly will bring the current Gagasan Parti Sarawak (GPS) administration accountable to the numerous allegation of corruption and bad governance that has plagued the state.
15 August 2019 – The Election Commission (EC) is studying the possibility of implementing electronic voting (e-voting) to cater to an estimated 22 million voters in the next general election. Suggestions of an online voting system came up following the recent changes to the country’s voting laws.
19 July 2019 – 5 changes Undi18 will bring to Malaysia (other than lowering the voting age)
16 July 2019 – The Bill to amend the Federal Constitution to lower the voting age to 18 has been passed at the Dewan Rakyat. The Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2019 to lower the voting age was passed with a total of 211 votes in Parliament on Tuesday (July 16). The Bill requires a two-thirds majority of at least 148 votes from the 222-seat Dewan Rakyat to amend Article 119 and Article 47 of the Federal Constitution.
To create a healthy competition, the Pakatan Harapan Government will allow all registered parties who are contesting in the election to have air time on TV channels and radio stations run by RTM. We will also ensure RTM’s coverage of the election is fair and just.
The Pakatan Harapan Government will ensure a fair ratio in future delimitation exercises. We will announce transparently to the public the formula being used to determine the number of voters and the size of each constituency.
21 August 2019 – The Electoral Reform Committee (ERC) will propose to the government, the setting up of a special commission to carry out re-delineation of electoral boundaries in this country. Its chairman, Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman said the move was aimed at reducing the workload of the Election Commission (EC), thus enabling it to focus on its main role of conducting the elections.