NGO Proposes Ways to Combat Corruption During Elections

 

PETALING JAYA: An anti-graft NGO today proposed six recommendations to combat corrupt practices during elections, including empowering the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate election offences.

The Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) suggested that the MACC be accorded powers similar to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) of Hong Kong.

The ICAC, it explained, could investigate all offences under the Hong Kong election ordinance that was similar to Malaysia’s Election Offences Act (EOA).

Meanwhile, C4 suggested that the EOA be amended to include abuse of power by a caretaker government during the election campaign period as well as address the issue of gerrymandering.

 

“The EOA should be amended to make the establishment of enforcement teams by the Electoral Commission (EC) to monitor and control election activities mandatory.”

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