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M’sian delegate to `observe’ Uzbekistan Parliament elections was only a partial exercise because the delegation only observe voting and nothing else due to their admitted lateness in arrival. According to UN code of conduct for international election observation the polling day observation should not be over emphasized because election process is much more than just the voting process.

Ong BK

Democracy Working Well In Uzbekistan, Says Malaysian Election Commission Deputy Chairman

From Nor Faridah A. Rashid

TASKHENT, Dec 29 (Bernama) — Uzbekistan’s electoral process for its parliamentary elections held Sunday was in accordance with international standard, Malaysia’s Election Commission deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar said.

“Democracy is working very well in Uzbekistan and I am glad to say that the electoral process followed international standard,” he told Bernama Monday night after the full results of the elections were announced.

“To me the important thing I notice is democracy is working very well in Uzbekistan and although we did not have the opportunity to see the process of campaigning as we arrived late and did not get much opportunity also to see the process of vote counting, but in respect of the process of voting, I am glad to say that it follows international standards,” he added. Wan Ahmad and three other Malaysians, together with some 270 foreign observers from 36 countries, were invited to monitor the elections for new members of Uzbekistan’s Oliy Majlis lower chamber of parliament.
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After election observers proposed to extend nomination process -which currently is only 1 hour, the SPR finally is taking up the proposal-and want the nomination to be extended to 3 days. See below for details. Observers should keep pushing for positive proposals to improve the election processes.

Ong BK

Amend Election Regulations For Public Good: Ahmad Maslan

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 30 (Bernama) — Umno information chief Datuk Ahmad Maslan Wednesday said a proposal for the Election Commission (EC) to amend election regulations was for the good of the people.

He said the proposal made by the commission must have been studied to ensure that general and by-elections could be conducted in a calm and peaceful manner.
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This is not the 1st time Malaysia send a delegation to Uzbekistan elections. While the M’sian delegates headed by the SPR no 2 enjoy themselves and all praise for the election and the good treatment they received, it is not know if the M’sian delegates follow international observers standards such as provided here. Some possible violations of the international standards are as follow:
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…In Uzbekistan elections. How about Malaysia’s own elections?

Ong BK

December 29, 2009 15:33 PM

Democracy Working Well In Uzbekistan, Says Malaysian Election Commission Deputy Chairman

From Nor Faridah A. Rashid

TASKHENT, Dec 29 (Bernama) — Uzbekistan’s electoral process for its parliamentary elections held Sunday was in accordance with international standard, Malaysia’s Election Commission deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar said.

“Democracy is working very well in Uzbekistan and I am glad to say that the electoral process followed international standard,” he told Bernama Monday night after the full results of the elections were announced.
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December 29, 2009 14:28 PM

Cultural Park For Sarawak After State Election: Rais Yatim

KOTA KINABALU, Dec 29 (Bernama) — The government plans to build a cultural park for Sarawak after the state election, Minister of Information Communication and Culture, Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, said Tuesday.

He said the move was among steps to spread the spirit of 1Malaysia through the various cultures found in Malaysia.
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Fear of superior BN machinery caused third vote rejection
By Syed Jaymal Zahiid

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 23 — Pakatan Rakyat (PR) officials had raised concerns that even Kota Baru in the PAS stronghold state of Kelantan could fall into the hands of Barisan Nasional (BN) if local council elections were restored.

These concerns caused PR to water down its commitment to restore local council elections should the fledgling coalition take federal power.
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SPR is doing it again: the body give the duty to administer Malaysian elections never look at itself when it is `analysing’ the reasons behind 5 mil eligible adults -mostly youths, for not registering as voters. Factors ignored: SPR does not appoint enough `Penolong Pendaftar’ to help register voters. Only party representatives are appointed-how about NGO and civil society members? How do people in the interiors of Sabah and Sarawak going to register as voters when the SPR offices are far away and it takes 3-6 months for registration to complete? Have they checked whether voters are registered according to the address on their mycard ( as required by law) and not `assigned’ to some polling centers determined by unknown `intellegence’?

It is time SPR look at itself when looking at the lowe voter registration rate in Malaysia.

Ong BK

http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/articles/20091224163637/Article/index_html

Apathy keeps 5m off electoral roll

2009/12/24

Farrah Naz Karim
PUTRAJAYA: It should have been more than 16 million, but because of apathy, Malaysia has only about 11 million registered voters.
Figures show that more than four in 10 Malaysians above 21 have not registered as voters.

Election Commission deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar said about 2.8 million Bumiputeras of voting age had not registered and they make up 60 per cent of the total.

The EC obtained the figures after studying the citizenship data of those above 21.
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