PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The Electoral Reform Committee (ERC) held talks Tuesday (Oct 2) with Election Commission chairman Azhar Azizan Harun on cooperation that will determine how ERC's studies and actions regarding the election system and laws can be achieved before the next general election.
ERC chairman Tan Sri Ab Rashid Ab Rahman in a statement said that the reform committee was given the mandate to propose changes to be implemented by various quarters, including the EC.
"The committee hopes to make the EC a robust and credible election management body that will earn the belief and trust of all segments of society," he said.
Ab Rashid added that the efforts undertaken by the ERC were welcomed by the EC.
He said Azhar hoped the ERC could complete its report within the stipulated period so that the 15th General Election could be run according to the reformed election system and laws.
The close co-operation between the EC and the ERC is believed to bring positive results for the benefit of the country, he added.
The ERC, which was formed by the government in August, has been given two years to complete its duties, including coming up with a report and recommendations for the government to refine and implement.
The six terms of reference spelt out for the ERC include studying electoral and other laws that touch on the matters and processes of elections, as well as analysing the need to introduce an election system suitable with the demands of the social order (current needs of the people, politics, economic, socio-culture, and others).
The ERC will also make the necessary recommendations to establish laws that are up to the standards of election management at the international level and study the need to introduce laws, especially on the setting up of a caretaker government following the dissolution of Parliament and state assemblies. - Bernama
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