In a meeting to political parties SPR’s Chair Tan Sri Abdul Aziz bin Yusof refused to be drawn into talks about electoral reforms on electoral rolls, implementation of indelible ink, control on campaign finances, balanced media reporting etc. The Opposition were well represented by top guns but the BN sides only sent some low ranking party officers.
The SPR was emphasising the proposal to stop campaigning on polling day-which was opposed by the Opposition party as a `small’ matter, while the BN reps emphasised on the penalty on elected reps who resigned on `frivilous’ ground.
The meeting missed an important opportunity to make the SPR a respected credible election administrator as it failed to summon the top leaders of all parties to the meeting to find consensus on election admnistration arrangement which are acceptable to all sides.
Curently the SPR/Election Commission is an arm of the PM department, and only run parallel to other parties invovled in election administration eg the Police(PDRM), Anti-corruption agency (MACC/SPRM), the local authorities etc. This lack of autonomy and the overall command position on election matters lies at the bottom of SPR’s impotence to instill professionalism into its conducts.