EC to improve election regulations

By BERNAMA / Graphic By TMR

The Election Commission (EC) will tighten up and improve campaigning regulations during election as there are weaknesses that could be tightened up.

EC chairman Azhar Azizan Harun (picture) said the existing regulations are quite unclear and could be disputed by differing interpretations.

He said he will begin the agenda on the law reforms as soon as possible by calling for a discussion today.

“The EC does not have the power to take action as such, we must update the law so that the existing regulations will be clearer.

“The candidates involved in the election will also know the do’s and don’ts, at the moment they are loose and hanging depending on interpretations,” he told a press conference after the announcement of the result of the Port Dickson (PD) parliamentary by-election at the PD Municipal Council Hall last Saturday.

The result of the PD parliamentary by-election saw the Pakatan Harapan candidate Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim winning in style after obtaining a huge majority of 23,560 votes, thus beating his six challengers.

Meanwhile, Azhar said the five independent candidates who contested had lost their deposits.

He said the five independent candidates were former Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad, Anwar’s former personal aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, social media personality Stevie Chan Keng Leng, the sole female candidate and former lecturer of a private university Lau Seck Yan and management consultant Kan Chee Yuen.

“I take this opportunity to congratulate and thank all the candidates, especially the five independent candidates who proved that we have a mature and robust democratic practice.

“An election contest like this can continue in the future for a better and healthy democratic practice,” he added. — Bernama