Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Electoral Integrity Project

If Malaysia's Election Commission are still looking for confirmation – here it is! The Electoral Integrity Project (EIP) based at the University of Sydney and Harvard University had released findings in February 2014 that showed our 13th general election that was held last May as having scored a mere 28 out of a maximum of 100 points on the electoral boundary indicator.
They did a study based on expert opinion on the electoral integrity of 73 elections in 66 countries, held between July 01, 2012 and December 31, 2013.
Let me say it again. The quality of Malaysia's electoral boundaries used in GE13 has been ranked the WORST out of 66 countries in this global study on the integrity of elections.
What could be discerned from the above was that the voting districts were not impartial and they discriminated against some parties, since they strongly favor rural constituencies as opposed to urban ones. That means that it takes fewer rural voters to determine one seat. This is called ‘malapportionment’.
That explains why in Malaysia, UMNO-BN gained almost 60 percent of seats with only about 47 percent of the popular vote. Malaysia Boleh!
On Monday, I was at the Money & You Toastmasters meeting where a speaking slot was already reserved for me. I did my CC#1 speech – and this is Round 5 of my Project 15. Sylvia Tan (Friendship) was my evaluator. The speeches that evening weren’t that good – including mine! – but happily, the evaluations were much better. Overall, I would give this meeting a score of 6.5 over 10.

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