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Wednesday, 17 August 2011

'Kudos for electoral reform panel'

PRIME Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak should be lauded for coming up with the joint parliamentary select committee to discuss issues related to electoral reform before the next general election (“Joint panel” – The Star, Aug 16).

The committee, with represen-tatives from the government and opposition parties, is to discuss electoral issues and grouses raised by the opposition and to strike a balance on agreement so that there will be no suspicion of manipulation, or misconception that the Government does not want to see a fair and free election.

Article 114(2) of the Federal Constitution stipulates the expectation of the EC to “(enjoy) public confidence”.

This means the EC should conduct elections with integrity and impartiality to ensure universal suffrage, a level playing field for all political parties and candidates, informed choices and facilitation of informed choices and inclusive representation.

Najib is also willing to review the media censorship policy in line with the changing socio-political landscape and study whether the current practice is effective and relevant and meaningful to the rakyat.

The reforms must be undertaken objectively with understanding and transparently for the greater good of the people.




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