Gerakan warns EC to clean up electoral roll

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 29: Gerakan Deputy President, Dr Cheah Soon Hai expressed his disappointment and shocked over the surrounding of former Election Commission (EC) chairman, Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman’s unsavoury remarks that raise questions and deep concerns on the independence, credibility and integrity of the EC.

In light of recent controversy surrounding Abdul Rashid’s speech at a Perkasa event appeared to be an admission of engaging in gerrymandering during his eight-year tenure as commission head, cited Cheah in the media statement to The Malaysian Times (TMT).

Cheah called on EC to explain over the matter. He also proposed the formation of a special selection committee comprising bipartisan MPs and representatives from NGOs in the selection and appointment of EC chairperson and members with credible individuals who enjoy public confidence.

Apart from ensuring the neutrality of EC, Cheah also urged EC to clean up the electoral roll first before any redelineation exercise takes place to ensure that there are no more dubious names in response to allegations of phantom voters or influx of “foreign voters”.

“It is important that the redelineation exercise be based on a clean and unquestionable electoral roll to better reflect the social and geopolitical condition of the constituency,” stressed Cheah to TMT.

In addition, Cheah also suggested that EC should study the possibility of adopting a mixed-member proportional representation (MMP) in place of the current first-past-the-post (FPTP).

Cheah further said, “I believed the new voting system would better reflect the different segments of our multiracial society with a balanced and proportional representation to all races.”

“I am confident that the MMP could address the serious and burgeoning malapportionment as shown in the last general election because the voting system mirrors the overall proportion of votes received and maintains a balanced representation by all quarters of the society,” added Cheah. -TMT





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