Wednesday, August 21

Psc full report likely to be ready by March

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JOHOR BAHARU: The full report of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Electoral Reforms (PSC) is expected to be ready before the end of March for tabling in Parliament.

Its chairman, Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said the committee was satisfied with the suggestions proposed by the various groups through the public hearings held throughout the country beginning November last year, including here yesterday.

“Today (Thursday) and tomorrow will be the sixth hearing session which will be the last unless there are requests to hold it at the federal capital which will be considered.

“So far, we are satisfied with the inputs submitted with 60 per cent of them having been considered for adoption,” he told reporters at the public hearing held at Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim, here.

Ongkili, who is also the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovations, said five representatives of organisations and an individual gave their suggestions to the committee at the hearing session yesterday.

He said most of the suggestions made were repetitive including the overseas voting and strengthening of the Election Commission.

The PSC, whose establishment was announced in October last year, comprises five members of the Barisan Nasional government, three members from the opposition and an independent representative.

The members include Kapit member of parliament Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi (PBB), Datuk Seri Mohd Radzi Sheikh Ahmad (BN-Kangar), Tan Sri Dr Fong Chan Onn (BN-Alor Gajah) and P Kamalanathan (BN-Hulu Selangor).

The opposition members include Azmin Ali (PKR-Gombak), Anthony Loke (DAP-Rasah), Dr Mohd Hatta Ramli (PAS-Kuala Krai) and Wee Choo Keong (Ind-Wangsa Maju). — Bernama