|EC urged to allow pre-registration for those aged 20|
|Wednesday, 04 April 2012 10:10am|
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THE Election Commission (EC) has been asked to allow pre-registration of citizens who reach the age of 20 as voters.
“It requires the amendment of Article 119 of the Federal Constitution to implement the proposal and we suggest that it should be done during the 13th Parliament sitting,” the report on the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on Electoral Reforms said.
The committee also proposed for the establishment of a caretaker government to administer the country until a new government was formed.
“The EC must come up with a guideline or an ethical code of conduct for a government until a new one is elected at federal and state levels,” it added.
PSC said there were cases of false information during the process of the change of address at the National Registration Department, an offence under Act 5 of the Election Offences Act 1954.
The committee also proposed for a longer campaigning period prior to the general election.
“The EC should consider giving at least 10 days of campaigning, which should be made into law,” said the report.
“We were told that the Information, Communications and Culture Minis-try has expressed its willingness to give fair access to airtime to all candidates,” the report said.
The report said the EC sought help from the National Registration Department and Mimos Berhad in the verification of the electoral roll.
“Mimos confirmed that there was no duplicate registration for all identification numbers issued by the National Registration Department,” it said.
PSC also recommended that a law be drafted to empower the EC to cross out voter names from the main electoral roll or move them to different constituencies if public complaints against the voters had been proven.
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