4 mil­lion young vot­ers yet to reg­is­ter, says EC

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SHAH ALAM: Some four mil­lion el­i­gi­ble Malaysians have yet to reg­is­ter to vote.

The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion (EC) found that the ma­jor­ity of them were from the younger gen­er­a­tion.

EC chair­man Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Ab­dul­lah said the trend was wor­ry­ing as the num­ber was big, with to­tal num­ber of el­i­gi­ble vot­ers at around 18 mil­lion.

“There are about 18 mil­lion Malaysians, aged 21 and above, who are el­i­gi­ble to vote.

“But, the lat­est fig­ure on the elec­toral roll shows only 14 mil­lion vot­ers.

“This fig­ure is wor­ry­ing as it is a huge num­ber.

“Most of them are from the younger gen­er­a­tion,” Hashim said af­ter at­tend­ing the launch of Vot­ers Reg­is­tra­tion Cam­paign here yes­ter­day.

Present were Ai­rA­sia X chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Benyamin Is­mail and Karangkraf Media Group chair­man Datuk Dr Hus­samud­din Yaacub.

On the com­mis­sion’s prepa­ra­tions to han­dle the 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion, Hashim said EC was ready should the event be held this year.

“EC is al­ways ready as it is our job to han­dle elec­tions. So, we will do our best.”

Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Ab­dul­lah

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