Home > News > Nation
Tuesday April 10, 2012 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Sunday May 26, 2013 MYT 12:37:11 AM
by martin carvalho, yuen meikeng, AND shaun ho
AMENDMENTS to electoral laws were tabled in Parliament to streamline and further improve the polling process.
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Lui Vui Keong yesterday tabled the Election Offences 1954 (Amendment) Bill for first reading.
One of the changes is the removal of the mandatory requirement for the appointment of a polling or counting agent by a candidate’s election agent. The new law allows “the election agent to hire a political party office for the purpose and attend vote counting at polling station at a time appointed by the Election Commission to avoid overcrowding at the station.”
Also, any political party office may only be set up not less than 100m from the polling centre compared to the present 50m ruling.
Those convicted of breaching this may be liable to one year’s jail, a RM5,000 fine or both.
The proposed amendments also makes it an offence for any person on nomination day to wait or loiter within a distance of 100m or any distance determined by the EC from the place of nomination unless permitted
The changes will also see the term “casting his vote” changed to “to vote” to avoid the negative connotation arising from the Malay translation of membuang undi.
Tags / Keywords:
Changes to election offences law in Parliament
EC seeks polls law review
Kuala Besut by-election: EC - This polls will decide fate of indelible ink
No need to amend laws that protect public interest
Nazri: Amendments to Election Offences Bill to be withdrawn
Jais' Dakwah chief: Let's build religious understanding
Customs officer’s car set ablaze
Ignore extremist views and remain united, Najib tells Malaysians
Malaysians celebrate Deepavali in a joyous ambience
Wear bright colours, go in small groups, cyclists told
Mariah Carey makes pizzas and shops in KL
Fright nights at Disney and Warner Bros parks
Japan court orders Facebook to reveal revenge porn IP addresses
Inspired by precious gemstones: Bulgari's line of Le Gemme perfumes
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)