EC’s proposal on campaign practices shelved

  • Nation
  • Friday, 23 May 2003


PUTRAJAYA: The proposal to make it compulsory for election candidates to sign the pledge on good campaign practices has been shelved because all political parties in the country are opposed to it. 

The plan for parties to register with the Election Commission has also been rejected and will be excluded from the list of amendments to be made in the Election Offences Act scheduled for tabling next month. 

Commission chairman Datuk Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman said since all parties were against the two proposals, they would be shelved indefinitely. 

He said the pledge proposal was rejected because all the parties felt that it was unfair for parties to be held accountable and punished for the conduct of its candidates and supporters. 

Political parties, he said, also objected to having to register with the commission as they were already registered with the Registrar of Societies (ROS) and were bound by its rules and regulations. 

Of the three proposals by the commission, only the suggestion on setting up a joint enforcement and monitoring unit was accepted by the parties, he added. 

“We have already prepared the guidelines outlining the term of reference for the joint enforcement and monitoring unit, its membership, responsibility and scope of authority,” he said yesterday. 

On whether the commission was disappointed with the development, Abdul Rashid said:  

“On the contrary. We are happy because the most important proposal to set up the enforcement unit is accepted. We are not a player, only a referee so let them choose the rule of the game.”  

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