EC: 3.86 mil­lion Malaysians are still not reg­is­tered vot­ers

New Straits Times - - News -

JO­HOR BARU: There are about 3.86 mil­lion peo­ple in the coun­try aged 21 to 40 who have yet to reg­is­ter as vot­ers de­spite be­ing el­i­gi­ble to do so.

Elec­tion Commission (EC) chair­man Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Ab­dul­lah said yes­ter­day he be­lieved apa­thy was the rea­son these peo­ple had failed to reg­is­ter.

He said some youths did not view vot­ing as a se­ri­ous mat­ter.

“It is some­what un­der­stand­able as when we were young, we did not nec­es­sar­ily see vot­ing as a re­spon­si­bil­ity that ev­ery­one should bear.

“Par­ents should en­cour­age their chil­dren to vote when they are el­i­gi­ble to vote. The EC has also taken the ini­tia­tive to go to cam­puses to reach out to those aged 21 and above.

“Our role is to make sure they reg­is­ter and come out to vote,” Hashim told re­porters af­ter a voter reg­is­tra­tion drive by the EC at Pasar Bor­neo in Ta­man Me­gah Ria, near here yes­ter­day.

He said, un­til March, the to­tal num­ber of vot­ers na­tion­wide reg­is­tered with the EC stood at 14,305,849.

This fig­ure is the tally that will be in­cluded in the lat­est elec­toral roll, which is usu­ally up­dated quar­terly.

“The fig­ure of un­reg­is­tered vot­ers pre­vi­ously stood at 4.06 mil­lion in Septem­ber last year. But now, it has gone down to about 3.86 mil­lion un­reg­is­tered vot­ers, thanks to ef­forts done via reg­is­tra­tion drives and oth­ers,” he said.

Hashim said, based on past gen­eral elec­tions, the trend showed an av­er­age of 75 per cent vot­ing turnout in each gen­eral elec­tion.

He said the EC would not wait for vot­ers to come to it to reg­is­ter, but would in­stead reach out to el­i­gi­ble vot­ers through its out­reach pro­grammes.

“We have car­a­vans that will visit uni­ver­si­ties to reg­is­ter the stu­dents,” he said.

Hashim also de­nied ru­mours that those who had not reg­is­tered be­fore Sept 30 last year would not be able to vote in the 14th gen­eral elec­tion.

“The EC never is­sued such a state­ment.

“Ac­tu­ally, the false news prompted peo­ple to rush to the EC, re­sult­ing in the EC re­ceiv­ing 500,000 reg­is­tra­tions at that time.

On the re­moval of Dr Ting Tiong Choon by the Sarawak as­sem­bly ow­ing to a dual cit­i­zen­ship is­sue, Hashim said it was not EC’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter be­fore or af­ter the by­elec­tion, which has been set for July 4.

“The EC will reg­is­ter the nom­i­na­tion as long as the can­di­date can pro­duce a MyKad.

“But if the can­di­date or the party seeks the court to in­ter­vene, we will ad­here to the court’s decision,” he said.

On the re­de­lin­eation ex­er­cise, Hashim said this was car­ried out ev­ery eight years, so the process was not some­thing new.

Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Ab­dul­lah

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.