EC: Have forum on electoral system

Friday November 16, 2007 (The Star)
MALACCA: The Election Commission has proposed a forum to discuss reforms to the electoral system.

EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman said the authorities could set up the forum as an avenue for disgruntled voters to bring up their grouses. He said this was a better way than criticising the commission.
“The grouses have to be looked at in a peaceful manner. The matter cannot be resolved through street demonstrations,” he told reporters here yesterday after briefing returning officers and assistant returning officers on the preparations for the 12th general election.
Abdul Rashid said the EC was willing to help the authorities on setting up the forum if there is a request for it.
His suggestion came in the wake of police warnings against organisers of a planned series of nationwide gatherings, similar to the one held last weekend in Kuala Lumpur, purportedly to seek reforms in the election process.
In Kuching, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Tan Sri Bernard Dompok said the Government has not received any report that its officers and other civil servants were involved in last Saturday’s street protests in the capital.
In Kuala Lumpur, police questioned three politicians in connection with the street protest.
DAP national publicity chief Ronnie Liu, Parti Keadilan Rakyat vice-president R. Sivarasa and PAS central committee member Dr Syed Azman Syed Ahmad were questioned for about an hour at the commercial crimes headquarters in Bukit Perdana yesterday.