‘90,000 MIC mem­bers yet to reg­is­ter as vot­ers’

New Straits Times - - News -

KLANG: MIC has iden­ti­fied 90,000 of its ex­ist­ing mem­bers who have yet to reg­is­ter as vot­ers.

Its pres­i­dent, Datuk Seri Dr S. Subra­ma­niam, said MIC aimed to reg­is­ter these mem­bers through­out the coun­try by June 15.

He added that there were about 120,000 mem­bers whose names were not in the vot­ers’ list and that it could be due to var­i­ous prob­lems.

“Giv­ing the al­lowance for that, we are look­ing at reg­is­ter­ing at least 90,000odd mem­bers who are not yet vot­ers,” he said after at­tend­ing a vot­ers’ regis­tra­tion day event here yes­ter­day.

He added that the MIC was also seek­ing to reg­is­ter new In­dian vot­ers in all con­stituen­cies.

Dr Subra­ma­niam said the dis­crep­ancy be­tween the num­ber of mem­bers and reg­is­tered vot­ers was iden­ti­fied by com­par­ing the party’s mem­ber­ship list and the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion’s vot­ers’ list.

“All MIC branches are aware of this is­sue and they will get crack­ing to reg­is­ter their mem­bers.”

Present was MIC vicepres­i­dent Datuk Seri S.A. Vigneswaran.

Un­der­stand­ing the im­pact of un­reg­is­tered vot­ers, Dr Subra­ma­niam said this was the first time the party had re­sorted to a refined solution to put an end to the is­sue.

“This has never hap­pened in past elec­tions and only when we de­cided to take mi­cro­man­age­ment steps did we re­alise the sever­ity of the prob­lem.

“Voter regis­tra­tion events are cru­cial for the In­dian com­mu­nity so that they won’t miss out but con­tinue to enjoy de­vel­op­ment.

“The com­mu­nity must re­alise a lot of their rights, be it ed­u­ca­tion, so­cial, re­li­gion or econ­omy will de­pend on strong po­lit­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion.”

Datuk Seri Dr S. Subra­ma­niam

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