Electoral Reform Panel Presents PM with 49 Recommendations

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The Electoral Reform Committee (ERC) yesterday submitted 49 recommendations for electoral reform to Prime Minister Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

ERC chairman Ab Rashid Ab Rahman said Muhyiddin, upon receiving the report in Parliament today, gave his assurance that the government would look into all the recommendations.

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“There is no time frame set for the government to implement the recommendations submitted,” he told a press conference.

However, he said 32 of the recommendations could be implemented within three years if approved by the government while the rest may take between five and 10 years to materialise.

Ab Rashid said among the recommendations was to separate the functions of the Election Commission (EC) into three bodies to boost public confidence in the electoral authority.

He said EC would remain as the main body in enforcing election laws, the election secretariat would conduct the election process while the commission for redelineation of electoral boundaries would be responsible for administering certain matters related to the delineation exercise.

Other recommendations are the date of the dissolution of Dewan Rakyat and state legislative assemblies to be set at least six months in advance and adopting a candidate can only contest for one seat policy.

ERC was established in August 2018 to study the electoral system and laws.