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Dato Haji Mahfuz bin Omar [Pokok Sena] minta MENTERI PENGAJIAN TINGGI menyatakan sejauh manakah perlaksanaan dan perjalanan pilihanraya kampus IPTA berlangsung sebagai pilihanraya yang bersih dan memenuhi kehendak prinsip serta amalan demokrasi.

JAWAPAN:

Tuan yang di-Pertua,

Untuk makluman Ahli Yang Berhormat, Kementerian telah memberi kuasa kepada Naib Canselor dalam menguruskan pemilihan Majis Perwakilan Pelajar (MPP) di setiap IPTA. Kementerian berpendapat IPTA mampu menjalankan amanah yang diberikan ini dengan penuh tanggungjawan bagi memastikan proses pemilihan berjalan lancar dan tidak mengganggu proses pembelajaran di IPT.

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EC rules no go for third vote
By Neville Spykerman

SHAH ALAM, March 23 — The Election Commission (EC) has formally informed Selangor that it cannot restore the third vote.

Officials from the state told The Malaysian Insider they had received an 11-page reply from the EC to their earlier inquiry on whether local council elections can be held.

According to the EC, provisions or aspects of law governing local elections under the Local Government Election Act 1960 had been abolished and neither the commission nor the state had the authority to restore the third vote.

The EC will hold a press conference on the matter tomorrow.

Local government elections were suspended in 1965 but earlier this month Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim (picture) said he would write to the EC on the possibility of holding them again in the state.

Selangor was following in the footsteps of fellow Pakatan Rakyat-ruled state Penang, which made a formal request to the EC on March 4 for local elections to be held for both the Penang and Seberang Prai municipal councils.

The Penang government maintains under Article 113(4) of the Federal Constitution, federal or state law may authorise the EC to conduct elections other than parliamentary or state elections.

Restoration of the third vote was a campaign promise of PR component parties, which comprises PKR, DAP and PAS, during Election 2008.

The Barisan Nasional (BN) federal government had already indicated it was not interested in restoring local council elections as it argues that they will not necessarily improve public services.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had said that since local government elections were abolished so long ago, there was no need to restore them as it would create more politicking at the local level.

Local government elections were first held in 1951 before Merdeka but abolished in 1965 during the Confrontation with Indonesia.

Then-Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman promised they would be restored after the situation improved.

The federal government under Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had in 2007 turned down a demand by the DAP to restore local elections.

Since the suspension of local elections, council seats have become a political reward to loyalists of the ruling party.

http://themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/57264-ec-rules-no-go-for-third-vote

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JAWAPAN BUKAN LISAN 19 OKT – 17 DIS 2009

SOALAN:

YB PUAN TEO NIE CHING [SERDANG] minta MENTERI PERUMAHAN DAN KERAJAAN TEMPATAN menyatakan sebab Kementerian enggan memulihkan sistem pilihan raya bagi Pihak Berkuasa Tmpatan / Kerajaan Tempatan.

JAWAPAN:

Tuan Tang Di-pertua,

Untuk makluman Ahli Yang Berhormat, Kemeterian perumahan dan kerajaan Tempatan (KPKT) tidak bercadang untuk memulihak pilihan raya kerajaan tempatan bagi pemilihan Ahli Majlis Pihak Berkuasa Tempatan (PBT) memandangkan ia tidak selaras dengan undang-undang sedia ada.

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From the Edge’s report:

In an immediate response to Nazri’s statement, Kedah Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang disagreed with Nazri, saying that an automatic voter registration did not equate to forcing Malaysians to vote.

“With due respect to our minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, the proposal for automatic voters registration would not force any Malaysians to vote.

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Malaysian constitution give every citizen a right to vote-no mention that they need to register to get it. Registration is at most an administrative process-not something which should hinder voting rights. But in Malaysia the long time-up to 6 months-required to register as voters has demonstrably caused many citizens to lose their voting rights. Is the registration then something `forced’ onto the citizens?

Ong BK

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/126860

S Pathmawathy
Mar 18, 10
12:03pm
The government has rejected the automatic voter registration system as suggested by the Election Commission as Malaysians cannot be forced to vote, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz.

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Let’s expose the lame excuses against holding local government elections! They are saying that the locals don’t need to be given the choice on who lead them! Extend this argument to the state and federal level-then you know you are in the company of Mugabe, Marcos, Suharto etc.

Ong BK

http://themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/opinion/praba-ganesan/55904-local-elections-nuts-and-bolts
Local elections: nuts and bolts

MARCH 11 — They bring retail politics into our lives. They give us power.

After all the ruminations and posturing by the present government of Malaysia, their objections to local elections are self-defeating.

Let’s look at some of them.

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This is the 2nd time a state find it difficult to give voters registration forms for enfranchising new voters-it happen in Perak! The 1st instance was in Sarawak. Even though the EC chair had earlier admitted their failure to register some 5 million potential voters the EC has been adamant not to allow NGOs to help by appointing them as Assistant Registrar/Penolong Pendaftar. More on this later…

Ong BK

The Perak Election Commission (EC) has confirmed that all political parties in the state must obtain the permission of the local council before signing up new voters in public places.

NONEPSM national coordinator K Kunasekaran (left) had complained that the EC has forced it to get the permission of local councils before registering new voters in places like the pasar malam (night-markets).

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