Promise

Ensure Transparency and Robustness of our election system

ANALYSIS

Sub-promise

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 – ERC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman said the 16 components include recommendations for electoral systems, election laws, and constituency delimitation, among others.

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).

1 April 2019 – PH government will table a Bill to amend the Federal Constitution and lower the voting age from 21 to 18 years’ old at the next parliament meeting.

31 Mar 2019 – The Election Commission is reviewing the election process, and it will be presented to JKKMAR on May 20.

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.
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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.

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.