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    Press Release No. 3: TindakMalaysia wants EC to deal with dubious voters

    Press Release No. 3: TindakMalaysia wants EC to deal with dubious voters


    15 March 2012
    PRESS STATEMENT
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    In response to a number of reports about the number of dubious and phantom voters, founder of Tindak Malaysia, Wong Piang Yow (for the Chinese press, 黄炳耀) today urge the government under Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak to walk the talk, when the prime minister in September last year enunciated his desire to see Malaysia become the “best democracy.”

    Wong’s line of argument is highlighted in point form here:

    1. Of late, the public has been inundated with reports of dubious and phantom voters, as well as a sharp rise in voters’ registration in various constituencies, but actions by the Election Commission have been slow and explanations given are not helping to boost public confidence in the Election Commission. This includes:



    • 13,000 in Sabah, which are doubtful but EC is unwilling to drop the dubious voters
    • 19,000 new voters in Ulu Selangor
    • 18,000 new voters in Kapar
    • 5,000 new voters in Pandamaran
    • 6,000 dubious voters in Lembah Pantai
    • 30,000 new voters in Subang
    • 29.5% increase in new voters in Kota Raja, compared to 2008 electoral roll
    • 25% increase in new voters in Puchong, compared to 2008 electoral roll
    • 3,950 new postal voters in Q3, 2011 from the military and police above the legal age limt of 30 years,


    While sharp rises in new voters registered may be a good sign, it has also raised a lot of suspicion that many of these are phantom voters. However, a Government-appointed body, Mimos, has found a total of 200,000 dubious voters in an electoral roll of 10.89 million voters.

    On March 14, Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh at a press conference held at parliament claimed that some 3,950 voters nationwide have been converted into military or police voters. (http://my.news.yahoo.com/thousands-c...053849901.html) This is alarming the way things are going.



    1. We urge the National Registration Department to open up their database to the public to verify the integrity of their rolls. This is an act which will help to boost the public confidence in the final electoral roll used for the oncoming General Election. Failure to do this will give rise to further doubts about the integrity and the sincerity of the current regime under Najib.



    1. Alternatively, the NRD should publish monthly a supplementary citizen list to identify new citizens that can be open to public scrutiny, just like a supplementary voter roll. This is both to safeguard the citizenship against the influx of illegal immigrants who have allegedly been given citizenships in return for a vote for Barisan Nasional. If this allegation is true, it is a serious national security issue.



    1. This issue of dubious and phantom voters, and the sudden influx of voters in a particular constituency, has reached a climax that we, at Tindak Malaysia, along with other non-government organisations, now demand a Royal Commission of Inquiry to get to the bottom of the issue and answer some pertinent questions:



    1. Is it true that foreigners have been given citizenships in return for a vote for Barisan Nasional? What is the real story behind the Project IC in Sabah? How serious is the problem here in Peninsular Malaysia?
    2. What has gone wrong and who are responsible for the issuance of citizenship to foreigners?


    1. Najib’s silence over these important issues will only create opportunities for voters to remain suspicious. Already there is a strong disquiet among the citizens which calls into question again public confidence in the EC and Najib’s administration.



    1. Tindak Malaysia would like once again to bring to mind the issue of integrity which lies with the Chief Registrar of Electors, his deputies and the Adjudicator. They are responsible for the preparation of the electoral rolls. It is time that these personnel should be drawn from the public, instead of the pool of civil servants alone.



    1. Appealing to the Malaysian public, especially those who participated in Bersih 2.0 peaceful demonstration last year, Tindak Malaysia urges them to become trained as polling agents, counting agents and barung agents (or PACABA) to fill the need from political parties to field their representatives on the polling day. Those who are trained can also volunteer to be phantom busters in all the polling stations throughout the country. To nab these phantom voters who use fake IC, we need a lot of citizens to watch out for unusual multiple trips made by school and factory buses, especially with foreigners as the passengers. These phantom voters will presumably be brought in a day or two before polling day and placed in some houses. On polling day, they will be given the fake IC before being ferried to the polling stations to vote. The presence of large number of vote busters, who are made of civilians, will make it difficult for these phantom voters to vote. Citizen arrest can be made against these phantom voters. If ever there is a time for every civilian to respond to the urgent call, the time has come with the GE 13 expected to be called within the next 12 months.



    1. Training is provided by Tindak Malaysia for free. For the schedule, visit https://sites.google.com/site/pacabatraining/.


    Tindak Malaysia is a civil society movement to promote Free and Fair Elections through voters education. Recently, together with Bersih 2.0 Steering Committee, it submitted a list of proposed amendments to the electoral laws and regulations to the Parliamentary Select Committee.


    For more information about this press statement, contact Wong Piang Yow 012-2149322.
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    Technical reasons to back up why the EC has the power to clean up the electoral roll.

    Press release no 3 supplement.130312
    EC can't drop 13,000 'doubtful' names in Sabah

    The Election Commission (EC) has detected the names of 13,000 people in Sabah whose status as electors is doubtful but could not drop them from the electoral roll as this is against the law, the Election Commission (EC) said.

    <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

    There are two parts to the Election Laws and Regulations. Election Laws are drafted by Parliament. Election Regulations are drafted by the EC.

    The Law:

    Elections Act 1958 Section 15(2)(k) states:

    (2) Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing powers the regulations may-
    (k) provide for the correction of clerical errors in any electoral roll;
    What does the Elections (Registration of Electors) Regulations 2002 (ROE) say?

    PART Ill

    THE PRINCIPAL ELECTORAL ROLL

    10. The principal electoral roll. (1) (Omitted for clarity) (2) For the purposes of revision, the Registrar shall, every three months, prepared a list of the names of electors from the principal electoral roll who have died or have become disqualified for registration and the Registrar shall update the principal electoral roll by deleting the names of electors who have died or have become disqualified for registration.


    If there is an objection on an elector in the Principle Electoral roll, he cannot delete it immediately, but he can put the "suspect" voter on the
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    Supplementary roll for public objection.

    He has power to conduct a public enquiry over names that are objected to.

    17. Public inquiry. (3) If such prima facie proof as aforesaid is given, the Registrar shall require proof of the qualification of the person in regard to whom the objection has been made, and- (a) if such person's qualification is not proved to the Registrar's satisfaction, shall expunge such person's name from, or, as the case may be, refuse to include such person's name in the supplementary electoral roll;

    The above procedures provide him with enough authority to remove the doubtful voters from the electoral roll. Here's more:

    ROE R25(2)(d) to (g) and especially (d) and (g) to remove the 13,000 plus doubtful voters in sabah.

    ROE 25(2)(d) striking out any superfluous entry in the principal electoral roll or the supplementary electoral roll;

    ROE 25(2)(g) striking out the name of any person who, in the opinion of the Chief Registrar, is not entitled, for any reason, to remain or be in the principal electoral roll or the supplementary electoral roll;
    The words "in the opinion" is a discretionary power given to him and "for any reason" under ROE R25(g) means he can remove any voter according to his wish and fancy.

    The issue is: Does he want to do it?
    py

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