PSC: Tiada halangan bagi guna dakwat kekal


Sumber Berita: Malaysiakini

Tiada halangan bagi melaksanakan penggunaan dakwat kekal pada pilihan raya umum akan datang, kata pengerusi, Jawatankuasa Pilihan Khas Parlimen (PSC) berhubung pembaharuan sistem pilihan raya di negara, Datuk Seri Maxmus Ongkili.

Menurutnya, peguam negara Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail hari ini memberitahunya, perkara itu cukup sekadar pindaan pada peraturan pilihan raya  (perjalanan pilihan aya) 1981, tanpa perlu meminda perlembagaan.

“Beliau jelaskan, ini boleh dilakukan melalui dua cara, iaitu meminda peraturan ataupun perlembagaan,” kata Maximus kepada wartawan selepas mempengerusikan jawatankuasa itu.

Ongkili berkata pindaan atau pertambahan peraturan yang perlu dibuat itu melibatkan Perkara 19, Peraturan Pilihan Raya, di mana sebaik sahaja mendapat kelulusan Yang di-Pertuan Agong, penggunaan  dakwat kekal boleh dilaksanakan pada bila-bila masa, tetapi perlu dibentangkan
kepada Parlimen.

“Secara lisan Peguam Negara jelaskan mengenai penggunaan dakwat kekal dan PSC berpuas hati dengan pandangan beliau.

“Pandangannya ialah jika Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) bercadang melaksanakan dakwat kekal pada bila-bila masa, ia tidak melibatkan pindaan Perlembagaan. Hanya perlu pinda peraturan pilihan raya. Jawatankuasa akan timbang perkara ini sebelum buat resolusi,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas mempengerusikan mesyuarat itu di bangunan Parlimen.

Abdul Gani ketika ditemui pemberita bagaimanapun enggan memberi sebarang komen mengenai mesyuarat tersebut.

Mengenai cadangan pendaftaran pengundi secara automatik apabila mencapai umur 21 tahun, Ongkili berkata, Abdul Gani memaklumkan ia memerlukan pindaan Perlembagaan serta peraturan-peraturan berkaitan.

Perkara Perlembagaan yang perlu dipinda adalah Perkara 119 (4)(b) berkenaan “tarikh kelayakan” — iaitu tarikh seseorang itu memohon untuk didaftarkan sebagai pengundi.

Ongkili yang juga Menteri Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi berkata perkara itu juga akan ditimbang dan ditetapkan pada mesyuarat PSC akan datang.

Ditanya mengenai kenyataan bercanggah Abdul Gani sebelum ini ketika dakwat kekal ingin diperkenalkan buat kali pertama pada pilihan raya umum 2008, Ongkili berkata: “Dia (Abdul Gani) masih konsisten dengan pandangannya. Cuma dulu jika tak mahu ubah peraturan maka perlu pinda Perlembagaan. Tapi dalam kes ini kita boleh ubah peraturan.”

Oleh itu, kata Ongkili, PSC telah meminta Abdul Gani menyediakan dokumen hitam putih bagi menyatakan tiada keperluan meminda Perlembagaan bagi melaksanakan penggunaan dakwat kekal, dan diserahkan kepada PSC pada Isnin depan.

Electoral reform panel keeping an eye on absent voter case


news source: the star

PETALING JAYA: The Parliamentary Select Committee on electoral reforms will keep an eye on developments of a court case involving six Malaysians in Britain who want to vote from overseas.

Chairman Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said the committee would follow the case closely. “The committee will study its judgment,” he said yesterday.

The High Court yesterday granted leave for an application to compel the Election Commission (EC) to register them as absent voters in the next general election.

The committee, which had listened to views from the public on its first two days of public hearing over the weekend, heard suggestions on overseas voter registration.

There are over one million Malaysians living and working abroad, with the bulk in Singapore, Australia and Britain.

Dr Ongkili said the ideas given during the two days “were of high quality and met the committee’s terms of reference”.

Suhakam commissioner Muhammad Shaani Abdullah said Malaysia should adopt the best practices of other democratic countries if it wanted to be considered a democratic country.

“Even Indonesia allows its citizens to vote from abroad via embassies,” Muhammad Shaani told The Star.

“The Election Commission and other authorities should be proactive and innovative in figuring out how to tackle the logistics.

“The right to participate in democracy is a basic human right, whether you are in your country or overseas,” he said.

On Saturday, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said allowing Malaysians overseas to vote in the general election will create a “logistical nightmare”, as there were 800 constituencies in the country.

He said if Malaysians were to vote from abroad, it would only be fair that 800 ballot boxes be prepared overseas.

Read moer related news: Six in Britain get leave for judicial review

Police all geared up for general election


news source: The Borneo Post

KUCHING: The police here are all geared up for the general election though it is still not known yet when it is going to be held.

District police chief, ACP Mun Kock Keong, said that they had been asked to prepare for any eventuality since end of last year.

He said the state police, in fact, were better prepared than their counterparts in Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah since the last (state) election was held in April this year.

“We have not received any particular directive of late but we have been asked to be prepared since last year.

“We had an election in April and we should be familiar with the procedures and logistics unless there are some changes in policies,” he told reporters during the Police Customer’s Day at the central police station here yesterday.

When asked whether police would be among the first to be notified after parliament has been dissolved to pave way for the general election, he said: “Everybody will be informed when the election is called. Although the police are involved, it is the Election Commission that will be fully in-charge.”

PSC chief praises EC’s openness


News Source: Free Malaysia Today

KUALA LUMPUR: The Election Commission (EC) was “forthcoming” in its testimony to the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on electoral reform today, according to committee chairman Maximus Ongkili.

He said EC chairman Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof and his deputy, Wan Ahmad Wan Omar, were “very open” in providing information sought by the PSC.

However, Ongkili did not give details of the two-hour discussion. He said the committee discussed many issues pertaining to the electoral process but had yet to reach a resolution.

Abdul Aziz and Wan Ahmad also refused to give details of the meeting.

Ongkili said EC heads would meet the PSC again on Oct 10 together with officials of the National Registration Department (NRD) to discuss reforms with regard to the electoral roll and the eligibility of voters.

Many critics have pointed out discrepancies between EC’s list of voters and the NRD’s database.

Ongkili said he would be more forthcoming with details after the Oct 10 meeting.

Of today’s meeting, he said the EC officials were “very open to give any information which was inquired and they are committed to protect the integrity of the electoral system and are looking into rooms for improvement”.

Pakatan representatives in the PSC said they would call a press conference, but did not give the time and date.