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.


‘Clean up electoral roll before adopting biometrics’

news source: Malaysiakini

The Election Commission (EC) has to ensure that the electoral roll is free from flaws before implementing the biometric system – if the EC wants to restore public trust in it, the Association for the Promotion of Human Rights (Proham) says.

The NGO, formed by former commissioners of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam), met with the election commissioners led by EC chief Abdul Aziz Yusof at the EC headquarters in Putrajaya today.

NONEA report compiled from the discussion session between the EC and Bersih 2.0 on July 29 was submitted to the EC by Proham members Ramon Navaratnam, Denison Jayasooria, Hamdan Adnan and Siva Subramaniam.

“Proham recognises that there is public concern with the current electoral roll and there is an urgent need to restore public trust.