EC: Current priority is to clean up electoral roll


  • Nation
  • Monday, 26 Aug 2013

KUALA LUMPUR: The Election Commission’s (EC) priority now is to clean up the electoral roll, said EC deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar.

“In fact, we had a workshop the whole of last week to study the process and regulations as well as discuss the suggestions that have been brought up by civil society.

“We will propose the new registration law be brought to Parliament before the next general election. We will be relying on agencies such as the National Registration Depart­ment, Defence Ministry and the police,” he said at the 7th Annual Malaysian Student Leaders Summit here yesterday.

Wan Ahmad said the EC would also be engaging with NGOs to address the various issues and flaws of the current system.

Responding to Bersih chairman Datuk S. Ambiga’s demands for the EC to clean up the electoral roll before the delineation exercise is done, Wan Ahmad said that the point was taken and the EC might come up with a new registration law before the next general election.

He, however, said that the EC could not put off its responsibility to continue with the exercise just because one group of people demanded it.

“Although the Constitution only says that the exercise should be done every eight years without specifying the maximum years, we still have the responsibility to do it within the stipulated time,” he said.

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