Umno Youth to meet EC next week over electoral reforms


By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal, The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, July 20 — Umno Youth will meet the Election Commission (EC) next week to discuss how to improve the current electoral system.

“Umno Youth will be meeting the EC next week over suggestions to improve the current electoral system,” the wing’s Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin told The Malaysian Insider.

Khairy said that the government should not ignore improvement suggestions. Among the things which will be discussed are the eight electoral reform demands made by election watchdog Bersih.

Bersih is pushing for a free and fair election system, and has listed eight demands which includes the need for automatic registration, use of indelible ink when voting, and the need for a longer campaigning period.

“But this is not to say that all the eight demands are valid,” said the Rembau MP.

Umno Youth executive committee member Lokman Nor Adam said that some of the wing’s proposals are already being utlilised by the EC.

“Some of our proposals have already been suggested by the EC, like the biometric system. We are also going to co-operate with the EC to find ways to avoid dead people ending up on the voting list,” he told The Malaysian Insider.