Public Perception towards the Election Commission in Malaysia

  •  Muhammad Fathi Yusof    
  •  Mohd Al'Ikhsan Ghazali    
  •  Nurhidayu Rosli    
  •  Muhammad Sakirin Alias    


This study analyzed the public perception towards the Election Commission (EC) in Malaysia using quantitative analysis in order to evaluate the conduct of the EC in terms of free and fair conduct. The population of this study involved a total of 1104 registered voters. Using Statistical Package for the Social Science (SPSS) to analyze the data, the study arrived at certain pattern of results. An instrument namely; questionnaire was utilised in gathering the data needed. Likert scale was employed in the questionnaires in order to classify the public perception. The study found out that the public perception towards the EC in Malaysia vary according to the qualities that the EC should hold; independency (strong leadership), impartiality, professionalism and integrity, and transparency and accountability. The study concluded that it is important for the EC in Malaysia to improve on certain aspects in practice that effect public perception towards the qualities of the EC because it is the pivotal role of the EC to conduct free and fair electoral process in the country for the benefit of the country and the people.

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