Monday, April 02, 2007

Young People Make Up
70% Of Unregistered Voters

(Bernama) -- Some 70 per cent of the 4.9 million Malaysians yet to register as voters are aged between 21 and 35 years, Election Commission (EC) Deputy Chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar said.

He said the tight schedules of students at institutions of higher learning (IPT) and priority for career advancement were cited as the contributing factors.

"We understand that they have priorities but registering as a voter does not take long," he told reporters after launching a nationwide voter registration exercise for Sikhs by the Malaysian National Sikh Movement (Geraksikh), here.

Wan Ahmad said that as of December last year, some 15.2 million Malaysians had attained the age of 21 but only 10.3 million had registered as voters.

Selangor topped the list with the most number of unregistered voters at 600,000, followed by Sarawak (450,000), Johor Baharu (400,000), Perak (375,000) and Kuala Lumpur (300,000), he added.

Wan Ahmad lamented that the EC had done its best to get Malaysians to register as voters but found that many people just could not be bothered and were not aware of their right while some liked to wait until the last minute.

He said it would take about three months for the verification process to be completed at each voter registration exercise and that only then would the voter be eligible to vote.

"After parliament is dissolved, the Election Commission has 60 days to set the election date and if you want to register as a voter only then, it will be too late," he added.

Wan Ahmad called on non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to emulate the example of Geraksikh in getting eligible Malaysians to register as voters.

He said voter registration was available at post offices and that the Election Commission also provided mobile units to assist in the voter registration exercise outside Kuala Lumpur.


Mika Angel-0 said...

They won't register unless there is challenge for the UMNO President's seat.

I understand students love the underdog when there is one.

Berita dari gunung said...

a perculiar pursuit, because at the end, the motive is to delete anything that smell mahathir, and while doing so, other names are deleted too like malay, bumiputra, sovereignity, patriotism.

Whats left will be foreigners, or anything that smell foreign like cheese!

How can we be happy?