MPs in Conversation: Parliamentary Elections & Funding

Date: 29 September 2011 (Friday)
Time: 8pm to 10pm
Venue:
Auditorium 7, Sunway University, No 5 Jalan Universiti, Bandar Sunway, 46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Speakers
Anthory Loke Siew Fook, Member of Parliamnet (Rasah)
Professor Edmund Terence Gomez (UM)
Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman (past Chairman of the Elections Commission)

Moderator
Shanmuga K (Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism & Human Rights

Admission is free.

Most Malaysians see elections from the perspective of a voter. As a voter, you know whether the vote you are casting is for a Member of Parliament or a State Assembly person. You know the political party represented by the candidates. Most voters assess the candidates and political parties from what they see, hear and experience, both before and during the election campaign. But what is an election like from the perspective of the candidate? Do candidates and political parties face problems in conveying their message to the public during an election campaign? Are there restrictions with regard to access to the media and the holding of campaign rallies? How are elections funded? Are there limits to how much a candidate can spend in an election campaign? What role does the Election Commission play? What are some of the reforms that can be adopted to improve how elections are conducted in Malaysia?

In the Parliamentary Elections and Funding forum, you can hear from Members of Parliament and academics, and question them on the issues faced by parliamentarians during elections.

This forum is the second in a series of public fora entitled “MPs in Conversation” featuring Members of Parliament and commentators, and is conducted by the Bar Council Constitutional Law Committe in collaboration with The Nut Graph and with the support of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. The “MPs in Conversation” series is held in conjunction with the release of The Nut Graph’s book “Understanding the Dewan Rakyat” in March 2011.

This the second “MPs in Conversation” forum. Report on the first forum can be found here:

To download the circular of the event, click here.


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