EC Ready For Possible Snap Polls

Takiyuddin Hassan

KOTA KINABALU: Parliament was today told that the Election Commission (EC) is prepared to face the possibility of an early 15th General Election (GE15).

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said the preparations included on budget, equipment, logistics, system development, human resource management and training for staff.

“This is important to ensure a smooth election, especially during the post-Covid-19 period,” Bernama quoted him as saying during the question-and-answer session.

Takiyuddin was replying to Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid (BN-Padang Terap) who wanted to know the EC’s level of  preparedness to face the possibility of an early GE15.

Mahdzir had also asked about the development of a proposal to apply electronic voting method (e-voting) as an alternative to the conventional method in the post-COVID-19 period.

He said the EC’s preparation for GE15 included having more polling stations in constituencies with a high number of voters,  and updating the electoral roll from time to time.

Takiyuddin said to ensure a fair and transparent election, the EC would continue to make improvements to  the electoral process as had been done in the by-elections held after the GE14.

On the proposal to apply the e-voting method in elections, he said the EC was having engagements with all parties involved in the country and abroad to assess the suitability of the voting method.

He said the use of the e-voting system would involve new challenges pertaining to issues of confidentiality, security, costs and voter education.

“In this case, the EC is still not satisfied with the issue on confidentiality and security,” he added.