In 2013, the Commission received 59 complaints with regard to the 13th General Election held on 5 May 2013. Of these, three were related to general matters, while 56 were related to procedures and were forwarded to the Election Commission (EC) for further action. A discussion between the Commission and independent observers that were appointed by the EC to monitor the election process, saw eight recommendations being offered:
The role of a caretaker government should be defined and legislated to ensure that duty-bearers are aware of their role, that is, to ensure the smooth day-to-day administration of the country during a general election
Persons with disabilities should have the same access to election facilities as other voters
The appointment of election observers should be made a permanent feature in every General Election; the appointment process should be improved and training provided to emphasise best practices from Asia Pacific countries.
All elections candidates should have equal access to the Government’s communication channels, which should be non-partisan and unbiased in reporting national matters. All state-owned and government-linked media companies must remain independent in their reporting and cease unsubstantiated attacks against opposition parties.