Eligible Malaysians are advised to register as voters this month if they want to practise their rights in the 13th general election should it be held in September.
Election Commission (EC) deputy chairman
Datuk Seri Wan Ahmad Wan Omar in making the call yesterday, revealed
that some quarter-million Sabahans above the age of 21 have yet to
register as voters.
“If they register in the second quarter of
this year, they will be able to vote if elections are held after
August,” he told reporters after briefing 30 officials from 15 political
parties from Barisan Nasional and the opposition in Sabah about the
electoral rules and regulations.
He disclosed that to date, there are 946,638 registered voters in Sabah and 258,943 eligible voters have yet to register.
Describing the figure of unregistered eligible citizens as “a big number”, he called on to them to come out and register now.
said if the eligible voters do come out and get themselves registered,
Sabah would have a total of 1,205,581 registered names in its electoral
roll by September.
“Registered voters, meanwhile, may check their
status and polling centres this month by sending their full name and
MyKad number via text message to 15888 or contact the Sabah Election
Commission number at 088-488588,” said Wan Ahmad.
development, he said very few people had come forward to clarify the
position of some 13,000 dubious voters when they exhibited the names for
“We believe many of these people are dead and their
families did not report the deaths to the National Registration
Department. We cannot remove their names so it will remain in the rolls
until their next of kin come forward to clarify it.
“That is why
sometimes there are cases of someone aged 120 still in the rolls.
cannot remove them as we are not empowered by law to delete such names.
"If the constitution is amended and the EC is allowed to delete these
names without confirmation from the the National Registration
Department, this can be dangerous,” he explained.
He added that most of these dubious voters were registered since the 1960s.
“That is also probably partly the reason why come election, the number of voters turnout is only about 75 per cent,” he said.
Also present at the briefing were EC deputy secretary Datuk Nordin Che Ngah and Sabah EC director Datuk Md Idrus Ismail.