Gov’t has no plan for automatic voter registration

News Source: Malaysiakini

The government does not plan to amend the constitution to enable Malaysians to be registered automatically as voters upon reaching the age of 21.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department VK Liew told the Dewan Rakyat today that this method had its weaknesses and could pose problems if implemented.

Liew said that due to the high mobility rate, most Malaysians now did not live at the addresses originally registered in their identity cards and did not register their address changes.

“If automatic registration is implemented and if there is a general election, it is feared that the voter turnout will be low because many will not be able to return to the addresses registered to cast their votes, and indirectly affect the democratic process practised.

“Based on this, the government has no plan yet to register voters automatically,” Liew said when replying to Dr Marcus Mojigoh (BN-Putatan) who wanted to know the government stand on the issue.

He said 842,726 new voters were registered in 2007, 155,420 in 2008, 279,270 in 2009 and 819,489 in 2010.