Hornbill Unleashed

July 13, 2012

EC drawing up code of ethics for caretaker gov’t


The Election Commission (EC) is drawing up a code of ethics for the caretaker government which will administer the country from the time of dissolution of parliament for the general election until the formation of the new government.Bernama

EC deputy chairperson Wan Ahmad Wan Omar said the code, one of the 22 recommendations of the parliamentary select committee on electoral reform, would be referred to the attorney-general and discussed with the government, led by the Barisan Nasional (BN).

“The code will be comprehensive, and will be drawn up with reference made to similar rules in Australia and the United Kingdom and discussions held with legal experts,” he told reporters after officially opening a briefing on the preparations for the 13th general election for an election campaign enforcement team in Ipoh.

The EC had set up a committee on the matter, he said, adding that the code would explain the role of the caretaker government.

NONEWan Ahmad (left) said the prime minister and the other ministers would remain so in a caretaker government, but there were certain things which they could not do.

“I cannot explain the code one by one because we are still at the discussion stage,” he said.

Wan Ahmad also said that the EC would not hesitate to seize banners, compact discs and video recordings which carried statements contrary to religious edicts during the campaign for the 13th general election.

“Certain religious issues have emerged again, and we fear that some of these could be raised during the campaign period. An example is a banner proclaiming that by voting for a particular party, one can go to heaven. This is not right, and we will remove such a banner,” he said.

He said action would be taken after referring the matter to the National Fatwa (Edicts) Council.

He also said that the EC would monitor the situation with the help of the police and the local authorities.

Banners which carried personal attacks on electoral candidates, made reference to court decisions, questioned the royalty and cited racial sensitivities would also be removed, he said.

Wan Ahmad said the EC had set up 48 teams in Perak and that two teams would be deployed in each of the 24 parliamentary constituencies.

“We may add another team in parliamentary constituencies which have three state constituencies, but this will be decided after discussion with the Perak EC director,” he said.

– Bernama



  1. We shall watch the staff and returning officers in GE13 very closely. We must be vigilant against all forms of intimidation and cheating by EC officials, Relas, Police and BN men..

    Comment by Johnathan — July 17, 2012 @ 6:30 PM | Reply

  2. EC of Malaysia is an entity owned by UMNO and that will make it biased and loyal to its master. No matter how much EC wants to prove to the public that it will ensure a fair and transparent election, I , for one, will never buy that. Suffice to say that when the number one and two top guns are members of UMNO, the election will always be rigged to ensure BN’s victory. Unless there is the presence of a third-party non partisan observers, the whole practice is nothing but a scam. Malaysia will always be a haven for criminals.

    Comment by Egbert Lau — July 17, 2012 @ 4:35 AM | Reply

  3. All are sad story…Tumbangkan BN !!!

    Comment by Mike- Johor — July 13, 2012 @ 4:00 PM | Reply

  4. Removing certain banners is intimidation and has nothing to do with election code of ethics or what a care taker government can do and cannot do at all. There ought to be legal substance and politically acceptable conducts.

    Comment by Lee Hui — July 13, 2012 @ 7:55 AM | Reply

  5. Care Taker Government of Australia.

    The Caretaker provisions explicitly recognise that, after the dissolution of parliament, the business of government must continue and that “ordinary matters of administration” must be addressed. Hence the provisions allow for the normal operations of all government departments. However, the caretaker conventions impose some restrictions on the conduct of the caretaker government. The conventions broadly include the following:

    Major policy decisions.
    The Government will cease taking major policy decisions except on urgent matters and then only after formal consultation with the Opposition. The conventions apply to the making of decisions, not to their announcement. Accordingly, the conventions are not infringed where decisions made before dissolution are announced during the caretaker period. However, where possible, decisions would normally be announced ahead of dissolution
    Significant appointments.
    The Government will cease making major appointments of public officials, but may make acting or short-term appointments.
    Major contracts or undertakings. The Government will avoid entering major contracts or undertakings during the caretaker period. If it is not possible to defer the commitment until after the caretaker period, for legal, commercial or other reasons, a minister could consult the Opposition, or agencies could deal with the contractor and ensure that contracts include clauses providing for termination in the event of an incoming government not wishing to proceed. Similar provisions cover tendering.

    International negotiations and visits.
    The Government ordinarily seeks to defer such major international negotiations, or adopts observer status, until the end of the caretaker period.

    Avoiding APS involvement in election activities.
    The Australian Public Service adopts a neutral stance while continuing to advise the Government. There are several cases, notably the pricing of Opposition election promises, in which the APS conducts an investigation and report for the benefit of the electorate at large.

    Change of government

    When an opposition party or coalition wins enough seats at a general election to be able to command a majority in the House of Representatives, the incumbent Prime Minister formally advises the Governor-General that they should invite the Leader of the Opposition to form a government. The Governor-General then requests the incumbent Prime Minister and his or her Ministers to remain in government in caretaker capacity until a new government is sworn in. The Governor-General then contacts the Leader of the Opposition and invites them to form a government. The Leader of the Opposition accepts the invitation, and undertakes to inform the Governor-General when the new Ministry is in a position to be sworn in.[2] This can be delayed by the counting of votes in closely contested seats, or by the processes by which ministers are chosen under the relevant party’s rules. In the meantime, the caretaker government continues in office.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — July 13, 2012 @ 7:47 AM | Reply

  6. This is like asking a musang to jaga your ayam !

    Aziz, the Taib and Najib kaki bodek ! And the two of them are UMNO members some more!!! 🙄

    Looks like we need Yellow Tees and water bottles again !

    Comment by cacing makan ikan — July 13, 2012 @ 1:48 AM | Reply

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