EC open to discussions on ways to improve electoral process


PUTRAJAYA: The Election Commission says that it is open to discussions with Pakatan Harapan or any other groups to obtain feedback to improve the election process, says its chairman Azhar Azizan Harun.

He said this in reference to an issue raised by the Prime Minister on the prohibition against ministers and politicians with government posts campaigning during working hours.

Azhar said the EC’s willingness to obtain input from all groups, especially those directly involved in elections, reflects the commission’s openness.

“Our main focus is to form an electoral process that is fair to all parties and that elections in this country are a process that is transparent and with integrity,” he said on Thursday (May 16).

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had said the condition, which prohibits ministers to campaign during working hours, was grossly unfair to the government, and he called on the EC reconsider this.

The EC had previously told ministers not to campaign during their official work hours to minimise allegations that government resources were being abused during campaigning.

The commission also imposed a restriction on government machinery or assets being used during election campaigns.

Azhar said that post-GE14, the EC had taken various measures to improve the election process, adding that it was also looking at how to put in place total reforms involving the process.
   

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