EC to gov’t: Let’s talk on improving electoral process

EC to gov’t: Let’s talk on improving electoral process

PUCHONG: The Election Commission (EC) said it is prepared to discuss with the government or any quarters on the ban of the use of government assets and members of the administration for campaigning during office hours for an election.

EC chairman Azhar Azizan Harun said the commission was open to receive input and views from all quarters to improve the electoral process.

‘’The main focus of the EC is to form an election process which is fair to all and ensure it takes place with integrity and transparency,” he said in a statement.

Recently, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he was unhappy with the EC’s regulation barring Cabinet members from campaigning during office hours, impacting the government.

Sharing his own experience, Mahathir said he had to charter a private helicopter during one of his visits to Cameron Highland during the recent by-election.

“I was also forced to use my personal car from the airport to the campaigning area,” he was reported saying.

Azhar said that the EC had taken numerous steps to improve the electoral process and was looking for more reforms.

“Improvements which do not involve amendments to the law have already been implemented, while those involving the law, require further scrutiny.

“So we have carried out engagement sessions with various quarters such as political parties, non-government organisations, social organisations, government agencies and also international agencies,“ he said.