Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Your name is not on the latest electoral roll? It's not a conspiracy, that's just how the system works.


The Malaysian registered electoral roll is updated every quarter. There after, the list will be published and displayed over a specific period of time at designated places according to SPR regulations and only if and when there is no objection shall the list be gazetted. 

For instance voters who registered before Dec 31, 2012, the cut-off point for the 2012 fourth quarter electoral roll was gazetted on 22 February 2013. While those who registered between 1st of January 2013 to 31 March 2013 will only be in the gazetted roll in May 2013. If the PRU13 is to be held in June, then they are considered registered voters and will be able to cast their vote too. 

What about those that registered April 11th or May 7th, you may ask? Well, they will be complaining of the very same thing then if the election is held in Jun or July.

Let's us all not forget that everyday there's hundreds if not thousands of Malaysian turning 21 (or suddenly remembered that they haven't registered as voter). There will always be some that will miss their chance to vote in the upcoming election. 
Why do you think everyone was having voters registration campaign? Definitely not for fun. It's not personal or a conspiracy, it's just how the system works.
From The Star

GE13: Those who registered this year cannot vote 

Tuesday April 9, 2013

PETALING JAYA: Only the 13.3 million Malaysians who registered as voters before Dec 31 last year are eligible to cast their ballots in this general election.

Election Commission (EC) deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar said those who applied to be voters from Jan 1 this year would not be able to vote this time around as there was not enough time to process their names for inclusion in the electoral roll that is updated once every three months.

Wan Ahmad said that the commission's special meeting tomorrow to decide on nomination and polling dates would also confirm that the 2012 fourth quarter electoral roll will be used for GE13.

The roll was gazetted on Feb 22 this year and contains the names of 13,291,385 voters who registered by Dec 31 last year.

“This matter has been finalised. Only those who registered by the end of last year will be able to vote in the coming polls,” Wan Ahmad said.

He said the roll would be verified during the EC special meeting before it is gazetted for use the following day.

The electoral roll will, however, be updated to remove the names of those who have died in recent months before it is gazetted, said Wan Ahmad.

The general election will see an unprecedented jump of 2.4 million new voters, about a third of whom will be casting their ballots for the first time.

Selangor recorded the biggest increase in new voters with the electorate growing by 486,214 voters or 31% from 1,565,494 in 2008 to 2,051,708 as of Dec 31 last year.

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