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    SPR Wants power to strike off dubious voters from list

    EC wants power to strike off dubious voters from list

    Key points:
    • Of course deep inside my heart I want to delete doubtful voters from the list but then again under the law it is not the right thing to do.
    • the country’s election process in fact could be considered to be among the fairest in the world,
    • During elections we do welcome both domestic and international observers because we have nothing to hide.
    (Admin: The solution has been given in Press Release No. 3)
    by Johnson K Saai, reporters@theborneopost.com. Posted on April 10, 2012, Tuesday

    KUCHING: The Election Commission is mulling to seek power under the law to strike out names of dubious voters from the electoral roll.

    At present the commission is not given any power to remove names of voters from the electoral rolls even if there were doubts over the authenticity of the voters.

    Speaking at a media conference after the launch of election briefing for returning officers (RO) and assistant returning officers (ARO) here yesterday, EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof revealed that he was consulting his legal advisors on whether EC could be given the power to delete such names.

    “I was advised by the EC panel members that under the law, we can’t simply delete names from our electoral rolls.

    That is the reason we can not delete anyone’s name even though they are considered dubious, unless we are very sure,” he said.

    Abdul Aziz added that the National Registration Department (NRD) conducted a very thorough verification exercise recently and found 42,051 of the names in the electoral roll were doubtful.

    Although the status of the 42,001 registered voters were doubtful the EC chairman said there was nothing the commission could do.

    Of course deep inside my heart I want to delete doubtful voters from the list but then again under the law it is not the right thing to do.

    “The commission has no right to delete any names from the electoral roll unless they are confirmed to be dead,” he noted.

    Earlier Abdul Aziz took a swipe at Bersih 3.0 saying he could not see any valid reason for the group to hold a sit-down protest rally in Kuala Lumpur on April 28 against the country’s election process.

    He added the commission had gone through all the relevant proposals and recommendations put forward by the group and necessary actions had been taken and there was nothing they should be unhappy about.

    “I really don’t know what this group really wants. When this group who calls themselves Bersih came to meet us they put forward 17 proposals which we discussed at length.

    “After the long discussion the number dropped to eight out of which only four were under the purview of EC and the rest within the jurisdiction of other agencies.

    “Not long after that they requested for another meeting and I told them that the matters they have brought up had been referred to the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) for consideration,” he said.

    Abdul Aziz said basically the main concern of the group was to ensure a clean electoral roll to which the commission had responded to.
    In fact we are cleaning up the electoral roll on a daily basis quietly.

    “We referred the 12.7 million voters to NRD asking them to check for us.”
    Meanwhile, he said contrary to what some people claimed, the country’s election process in fact could be considered to be among the fairest in the world.

    “As far as election is concerned I would say that Malaysia is a very free and democratic country. During elections we do welcome both domestic and international observers because we have nothing to hide,” he said



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    SPR: EC chief: Our electoral roll is cleanest in the world


    EC chief: Our electoral roll is cleanest in the world

    3:07PM Apr 21, 2012

    http://malaysiakini.com/news/195610

    Despite numerous complaints over the electoral roll, Election Commission chief Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof declared that Malaysia has the cleanest electoral roll in the world.

    In an interview with Sin Chew Daily published yesterday, Abdul Aziz repeatedly stressed that the existing electoral roll is clean and no country in the world has a cleaner one than ours.

    As such, he argued that it is not necessary for the EC to revamp the current electoral roll.

    Abdul Aziz was responding to Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim's suggestion on Wednesday that Selangor should not hold its state election concurrently with the general election before the electoral roll is cleaned up.

    Regardless of whether Selangor will dissolve its state assembly when nationwide elections are called, Abdul Aziz insisted that the state election, even if held later, will use the same electoral roll as the one in the general election.
    According to Abdul Aziz, having a separate state-level election in Selangor will only waste more time and money
    (Admin: True, the PR Govts insist on the rolls being cleaned up before they are willing to have a joint Federal/State election.)


    The EC chief has also cleared the disputed 42,000 dubious names on the electoral roll which were earlier said to be unverifiable


    EC adamant, no changes to be made


    According to him, the National Registration Department had just responded to the EC, explaining that 22,000 of these voters did not change their identity number to the new 12-digit number, and another 18,000 voters did not update their old identity cards to MyKad.

    The opposition parties had urged the EC to remove the names from the electoral roll after they were put on public display for two months with no one coming forward to verify their identities.

    EC however refused to do so, claiming that it has no legal power to remove the names.

    Abdul Aziz also told the Chinese daily that out of the 1,906,008 voters in Selangor, only some 3,000, or 0.16 percent, voters whose identities are doubtful.

    "Do you say the whole cloth is dirty just because there is a little stain on it? This is just very little. Therefore, we will not revamp the electoral roll despite Pakatan's views," he was quoted as saying.

    [QUOTE]Admin: The EC Chairman is only capable of coming out with these folksy stories to cover their crimes. They will be made to pay when PR takes over.[/QUOTE]

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    S'gor to EC: Ball in your court


    http://malaysiakini.com/news/195687

    The Election Commission (EC) can avoid having to conduct separate polls for Selangor provided it “cleaned up” the electoral roll first.

    In a statement today, Faekah Husin, the political secretary to Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim, said this should be the EC’s priority and not harp on how much it would cost ratepayers if polls were not held concurrently.

    “Holding elections separately (from the general election) will not arise if the EC vigorously clean the electoral roll which is increasingly (tainted).

    “Even though a lot of evidence have been adduced, but the EC has failed to take appropriate action and instead gave strange excuses which are unreasonable,” she said.

    Faekah was responding on a report carried by mStar, which quotes deputy EC chief Wan Ahmad Wan Omar warning that separate polls for Selangor would cost RM30 million.

    Commenting on the price tag, Faekah said that the EC cannot use this excuse to restrict the state government from exercising its right to decide when to go to polls.

    'Stop being BN's spokesperson'
    She said that the EC must realised that the decision to hold off the polls stems from EC’s failures, which includes ignoring recommendations by election reform pressure group Bersih 2.0.

    “If they want to talk about tax money, what about the RM250 million of tax money abused by the NFC (National Feedlot Corporation) and the Tajuddin Ramli’s RM589 million debt written off by the federal government?

    “What about the sale of the MEX Highway? Will the federal government recover its RM900 million grant from Maju Holdings? Are these not a waste of tax payer funds?” she asked.

    Faekah said that Wan Ahmad’s comments were political in nature and he should resign from his position if he insists on doing so.

    “We urge the EC to stop being BN’s spokesperson. If the EC wants to be respected, it must do its job responsibly and honestly because they would be repaid in kind,” she said.
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    He should cut the pretense and save everybody the embarrassment by just joining UMNO.


    'Absurd Aziz' gets to be as bad as 'Baghdad Bob'


    http://malaysiakini.com/news/195644

    Terence Netto 8:40AM Apr 22, 2012

    COMMENT The timing could not have been worse.

    Just when the Election Commission chairperson pronounced the electoral register the cleanest in the world, video footage surfaces as proof of the claim the rolls are sullied.

    In his constant avowals that the electoral register is as clean as a hound's tooth in the face of recurrent evidence of its contamination, EC chief Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof is getting to resemble ‘Baghdad Bob'.

    Followers of CNN's coverage of the 2003 American invasion of Iraq will remember 'Baghdad Bob', the Iraqi information minister who cut a pathetic figure in his daily press briefings that insisted the American advance on his country's capital was a fairy tale.

    If the performances of Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf, dubbed ‘Baghdad Bob' by the press, were something out of absurdist theatre, what to make of Abdul Aziz's insistence the past year, as sundry signs emerged to the contrary, that the electoral rolls for the 13th general election in Malaysia are above board?

    ‘Absurd Aziz' may not be as phonetically pleasing a moniker as ‘Baghdad Bob' but the EC chair's chutzpah would justify the epithet if he, after viewing the latest video of attempted gerrymandering of the rolls in Malacca, continues to maintain that the EC is an impartial actor in the drama of Malaysia's 13th general election.

    Over the past year, Abdul Aziz and his EC cohort have retailed, with steadily diminishing credence, one explanation after another to deflect doubts sowed by polls reform pressure group Bersih on the authenticity of the electoral rolls.

    Thus far, the evidentiary record purporting to show irregularities in the rolls has not had a "smoking gun" which could turn the clash between Bersih claim and EC counter-explanation decisively in favour of the former.

    This lack seems now to have been furnished by the latest video that purports to show Umno politicians, EC and National Registration Department officials in flagrante delicto.

    This must give the EC chief pause.

    Neutral cover blown to shreds

    Certainly, it should force him to rethink his stated stand that if Selangor does not dissolve its legislature concurrently with the federal parliament's dissolution, the same rolls that will be used in the polls for parliamentary seats in the state would be employed in the delayed election to its state assembly.

    If the video that has surfaced about shady goings-on in the preparation of the rolls in Malacca withstands the doubts that will inevitably be cast on its authenticity, further obduracy on Abdul Aziz's part would justify the Bersih stand that the man has to go before a general election can be held.

    Aziz's impartiality was in doubt in the lead-up to the Bersih-organised demonstration of last July when the EC and the police held a briefing for religious representatives and other NGOs that was arranged by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Koh Tsu Koon.

    Under a barrage of questions from civil society representatives present, Aziz drew flak for being more solicitous about the inquiries of Koh than he was of the queries of the NGO leaders.

    The meeting was convened to dispel the latter's qualms about the EC's impartiality but the chairman's deportment did not inspire confidence.

    In the telling of some of his inquisitors that day, Aziz was less the neutral party attempting to clear doubts about the integrity of the process the body he heads supervises than an adjunct of the government that Koh represented.

    His supposedly neutral cover would be blown to shreds if after the appearance of the video seemingly depicting an attempt at electoral fraud in Malacca involving political flunkeys, EC officials and civil servants, he again insists on the EC's impartial bona fides.

    In the circumstances, it's not much use to argue that the EC chief should be above suspicion, like Caesar's wife, but Abdul Aziz would flirt with the preposterous if after viewing the video he continues to maintain that our rolls are the cleanest on the planet.

    Gov't briefing on Bersih threat comes unstuck


    TERENCE NETTO has been a journalist for close on four decades. He likes the occupation because it puts him in contact with the eminent without being under the necessity to admire them. It is the ideal occupation for a temperament that finds power fascinating and its exercise abhorrent.
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    EC launches booklet to counter critics

    By Mohd Farhan Dawis
    April 24, 2012

    http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/m...unter-critics/


    PUTRAJAYA, April 24 – The Election Commission (EC) today launched a special information booklet to counter all allegations made by opposition lawmakers and civil society groups to discredit the country’s election process.

    EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof told reporters today that some 5,000 Malay-language booklets have already been printed, while the English language ones are still on the way.

    The 12-page booklets, costing RM4 a piece, will be distributed to government departments nationwide, media organisations and the public.

    It comprises the EC’s responses to 12 allegations raised by critics of the country’s polls process, including issues of the over 40,000 ‘doubtful voters’ in the current electoral roll, the alleged over-registration of voters in one single address, registration of foreigners as voters, the EC’s move to correct the voting localities of some 19,000 voters and others.

    Abdul Aziz (picture) told reporters at today’s launch that since the Parliamentary Select Committee’s (PSC) final report was passed in Parliament earlier this month, the EC has had to fend off relentless accusations against the credibility of its processes and the current voter registry.

    But, he stressed, the allegations were largely unfounded.

    “This is because they do not really understand the EC’s processes.

    “There were many complaints regarding the electoral roll, so we have prepared answers to the allegations in this booklet,” he said.

    The EC chairman insisted that Malaysia’s polls process was among the best in the world, pointing out that even foreign dignitaries have visited here to observe the local system.

    He noted that these foreign nations have also invited Malaysia’s EC as observers for their respective elections.

    “If do not trust us, why would they invite us?” he asked.

    Abdul Aziz also repeated that it was impossible for any country to have an electoral roll that is 100 per cent free from discrepancies.

    “We have over 12 million voters... Surely some mistakes are bound to happen.

    “But do not, just because of a few shortcomings, make these false accusations against us.

    “EC hopes that with this booklet, all the allegations can finally be countered with facts,” he said.

    Pakatan Rakyat (PR) lawmakers and election watchdog Bersih 2.0 have been accusing the EC and the federal government of lacking in commitment to reform the country’s election process, despite the PSC’s 22-point recommendations tabled in Parliament on April 2.

    Among others, the critics have pointed to EC’s admission to the existence of the names of over 42,000 ‘doubtful voters’ in the registry, which the National Registration Department (NRD) could not match with its IC records.

    But in a recent press conference, Abdul Aziz had dismissed this number, saying that it merely makes up some 0.3 per cent of the total electoral roll.

    Other complaints from critics include the allegedly unnatural spike in voter numbers in certain constituencies, the existence of over 100 voters registered to a single address, claims that foreigners have been given voting rights, the moving of voters from one locality to another, the registration of the spouses of armed forces personnel as postal voters, the EC’s sudden decision to increase the number of its officers on duty for polling day and others.

    Unhappy with the PSC’s work, Bersih is set to host its third rally for free and fair elections this Saturday at Dataran Merdeka.

    Its rally last July 9 was said to be the key reason behind the PSC’s formation by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

    During the July 9 event, the government had embarked on a widespread clampdown on protestors, which saw chaos rule the capital city’s streets as tear gas and chemical water were used to disperse the group of thousands.
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    FAKTA SEBENAR DI SEBALIK DAKWAAN DAN FITNAH TERHADAP SURUHANJAYA PILIHAN RAYA (SPR)
    APRIL 2012

    Dakwaan 1:
    SPR telah sengaja membetulkan sempadan kawasan pilihan raya DUN dan Parlimen tanpa kelulusan Parlimen bertujuan meramaikan pengundi di satu-satu kawasan bagi membolehkan Barisan Nasional beroleh kemenangan pada PRU Ke-13 nanti.

    Dakwaan tersebut merupakan suatu fitnah dan tidak berasas sama sekali. SPR tidak pernah melakukan apa-apa perubahan terhadap sempadan kawasan atau bahagian pilihan raya sama ada DUN atau pun Parlimen kerana urusan berkenaan hanya dapat dilakukan apabila tiba masanya mengikut peruntukan Perkara 113 Perlembagaan Persekutuan. SPR telah pun mengeluarkan pengumuman bahawa urusan kajian semula persempadanan bahagian-bahagian pilihan raya hanya akan dijalankan apabila tiba masanya selepas PRU-13. SPR akan mengeluarkan kenyataan rasmi berhubung dengan perkara tersebut apabila tiba masanya nanti.

    Apa yang sebenarnya berlaku sebelum ini mengikut peruntukan kuasa di bawah sub peraturan 25(3) Peraturan-peraturan Pilihan Raya (Pendaftaran Pemilih) 2002, melalui kuasa Ketua Pendaftar, ialah tindakan SPR membetulkan lokaliti yang mengandungi nama-nama pemilih yang telah tersalah letak sebelumnya iaitu semasa proses penetapan kedudukan lokaliti (sebelum 2004) yang dibuat secara manual. Oleh kerana penetapan kedudukan lokaliti berkenaan telah tersalah letak, maka selaras dengan peruntukan undang-undang SPR perlu membetulkan kedudukan lokaliti tersebut di dalam bahagian pilihan raya yang sepatutnya pemilih di dalam lokaliti berkenaan didaftarkan.

    SPR menyedari kedudukan beberapa lokaliti yang tersalah letak di dalam bahagian pilihan raya hanya selepas Sistem EGIS (Electoral Geographical Information System) digunapakai dalam tahun 2004. Melalui peruntukan kuasa yang ada, SPR telah membuat pembetulan kedudukan lokaliti yang tersalah letak di seluruh negara yang melibatkan jumlah pemilih seramai 19,342 orang. Pemilih-pemilih mengikut lokaliti-lokaliti berkenaan perlu ditempatkan di dalam kawasan pilihan raya yang sebenarnya seperti yang wujud di lapangan. Perlu ditekankan bahawa pembetulan lokaliti-lokaliti yang dibuat itu tidak sama sekali melibatkan perubahan kepada mana-mana garis sempadan bahagian pilihan raya sama ada DUN ataupun Parlimen. Sebaliknya dengan pembetulan kedudukan pemilih mengikut lokaliti yang terlibat maka mereka akan mengundi di dalam bahagian pilihan raya yang sebenarnya mengikut kedudukan alamatnya di dalam Daerah Mengundi dan DUN yang sebenarnya.

    Selepas tindakan pembetulan kedudukan pemilih mengikut lokaliti berkenaan dibuat, SPR telah memaklumkan secara rasmi melalui surat pemberitahuan yang dialamatkan kepada semua pemimpin parti-parti politik di dalam bahagian-bahagian pilihan raya yang berkenaan. SPR beranggapan parti-parti politik melalui pemimpin-pemimpin mereka di peringkat Daerah Mengundi dan DUN menyedari tindakan SPR tersebut dan seterusnya memaklumkan kepada pemilih-pemilih yang terlibat di kawasan masing-masing. Tetapi ramai pemilih yang memberi maklumbalas kepada SPR mereka tidak menyedari telah berlaku pembetulan kedudukan nama mereka mengikut lokaliti di mana mereka didaftarkan. Oleh yang demikian, dalam menghadapi PRU-13 akan datang, SPR akan menulis surat pemberitahuan perkara tersebut kepada semua pemilih yang terlibat di semua kawasan yang berkenaan di seluruh negara.

    Justeru, SPR ingin menegaskan sekali lagi bahawa dengan tindakan membetulkan kedudukan nama pemilih di dalam lokaliti berkenaan iaitu dengan meletakkannya di dalam bahagian pilihan raya yang sebenar mengikut kedudukan di lapangan, ia sama sekali tidak melibatkan apa-apa perubahan kepada garis sempadan kawasan atau bahagian pilihan raya sama ada DUN ataupun Parlimen. Mana-mana pihak yang ingin mendapat penjelasan secara lebih lanjut berhubung dengan perkara ini, mereka bolehlah menghubungi mana-mana Pejabat SPR yang berkenaan.

    Dakwaan 2:

    Kawasan mengundi YAB Tan Sri Abd Khalid bin Ibrahim telah dipindahkan secara tidak sah oleh SPR.

    Dakwaan yang mengatakan bahawa kawasan mengundi bagi YAB Tan Sri Abd Khalid bin Ibrahim telah dipindahkan secara tidak sah oleh SPR adalah tidak benar dan tidak berasas. SPR telah memberi penjelasan terperinci kepada Ahli-Ahli Parlimen pada 16 April 2012 berhubung perkara ini. Walaubagaimanapun perkara ini terus diputar belit untuk mengelirukan orang ramai yang tidak faham tentang isu pembetulan kedudukan lokaliti di dalam sesuatu daerah mengundi yang terletak di dalam kawasan DUN dan Parlimen.

    Apa yang sebenarnya berlaku di dalam kes yang melibatkan alamat dalam lokaliti YAB Tan Sri AB Khalid bin Ibrahim ialah SPR hanya membuat pembetulan kedudukan lokaliti yang telah tersalah letak di dalam kawasan pilihan raya yang mana proses ini dijalankan mengikut Peruntukan sub peraturan 25(3) Peraturan-Peraturan Pilihan Raya (Pendaftaran Pemilih 2002).

    YAB Tan Sri Ab Khalid bin Ibrahim telah mendaftar sebagai pemilih pada 1/1/1985 dengan menggunakan alamat Jalan 16/2, Seksyen 16, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Semasa pendataan borang pendaftaran tersebut, petugas SPR telah meletakkan alamat lokaliti beliau iaitu Jalan 16/2 di bawah kawasan DUN N.34 Bukit Gasing /Parlimen P.105 Petaling Jaya Selatan iaitu berdasarkan kepada alamat di dalam borang pendaftaran tersebut, tanpa menyedari bahawa di lapangan yang alamat lokaliti Jalan 16/2 itu adalah sebenarnya terletak di dalam Wilayah Persekutuan di mana Jalan Datuk Abu Bakar merupakan sempadan rasmi antara negeri Selangor dan Wilayah Persekutuan. Justeru, lokaliti Jalan 16/2 di mana YAB Tan Sri Ab Khalid bin Ibrahim berdaftar ialah sebenarnya berada di bawah kawasan Parlimen P.121 Lembah Pantai, Wilayah Persekutuan. Apabila sistem EGIS (Electoral Geographical Information System) dilaksanakan pada tahun 2004 SPR mula menyedari kesilapan penentuan kedudukan lokaliti berkenaan. Maka selaras dengan tindakan pembetulan-pembetulan lokaliti yang sedemikian di kawasan-kawasan lain di seluruh negara, SPR juga membuat pembetulan kedudukan lokaliti terhadap lokaliti Jalan 16/2 Seksyen 16, Petaling Jaya di mana di atas muka bumi, lokaliti tersebut sebenarnya terletak di kawasan Parlimen P.121 Lembah Pantai, Wilayah Persekutuan. Ianya sama sekali tidak melibatkan apa-apa perubahan kepada garis sempadan kawasan pilihan raya sama ada DUN atau pun Parlimen. Bagi mana-mana pihak yang ingin mendapat penjelasan lanjut berhubung dengan perkara tersebut, mereka bolehlah datang ke Ibu Pejabat SPR atau Pejabat SPR Negeri Selangor atau Pejabat SPR Wilayah Persekutuan.

    Dakwaan 3:

    SPR gagal membersihkan daftar pemilih. Seramai 42,051 pengundi awam ragu masih berada dalam daftar pemilih SPR hingga sekarang.

    Sebagai langkah yang berterusan untuk membersihkan Daftar Pemilih, SPR telah menghantar Daftar Pemilih Induk (DPI) yang melibatkan kesemua nama 12.5 juta pemilih berdaftar kepada pihak JPN pada bulan Julai 2011 untuk semakan secara menyeluruh bagi tujuan pengesahan dan pembersihan. Pada bulan September 2011, pihak JPN telah memberi maklum balas kepada SPR bahawa dari jumlah 12.5 juta tersebut, terdapat sebanyak 42,051 nama-nama pemilih yang tidak memiliki maklumat yang jelas dan sahih. Ini bermakna nama-nama 42,051 pemilih berdaftar berkenaan ada di dalam rekod di JPN, tetapi masalahnya mereka tidak dapat dihubungi untuk diminta datang mengemaskini status terkini kedudukan mereka kerana ketiadaan alamat yang jelas. Di waktu yang sama mereka juga telah tidak datang ke mana-mana pejabat JPN untuk mengemaskinikan status mereka. Oleh yang demikian, SPR membuat keputusan mentakrifkan jumlah 42,051 nama-nama berkenaan sebagai pemilih awam di bawah status yang diragui kesahihannya disebabkan ketiadaan maklumat yang terkini tentang status mereka.

    Berikutan itu, sebagai langkah yang betul serta bagi menjamin hak rakyat selaku pemilih berdaftar yang dijamin di bawah Perlembagaan, SPR tidak boleh memotong nama-nama mereka dari daftar pemilih sewenang-wenangnya tanpa pengesahan dari jabatan yang berwajib iaitu JPN. SPR sebaliknya mengambil inisiatif untuk mempamerkan kesemua 42,051 nama berkenaan selama tiga bulan untuk member peluang kepada orang ramai khususnya pemilih untuk tampil mengemaskinikan maklumat mereka di JPN dan SPR supaya nama mereka dapat dikemaskini atau dikeluarkan daripada senarai pemilih awam ragu tersebut.

    Di dalam tempoh yang sama, sepanjang 3 bulan nama-nama 42,051 berkenaan dipamerkan, SPR juga telah mengedarkan nama-nama berkenaan kepada Ibu Pejabat semua parti-parti politik utama serta pemimpin-pemimpin politik di peringkat Parlimen dan DUN yang berkenaan di seluruh negara untuk mendapat bantuan dalam usaha mencari pengesahan dan maklum balas berhubung dengan kedudukan alamat dan status terkini pemilih-pemilih yang berkenaan. Dukacita, sepanjang 3 bulan tersebut, sambutan yang diterima oleh SPR sama ada dari parti-parti politik atau orang ramai amat dingin. Pada 28 Mac 2012, pihak JPN telah memberi maklum balas kepada SPR bahawa melalui semakan yang terperinci dan berterusan oleh pihak mereka, dari jumlah asal 42,051 nama pemilih yang diragui itu, jumlah mereka telah berkurangan kepada 40,803 orang berikutan terdapat di kalangan mereka yang tampil ke JPN untuk mengemaskini maklumat kad pengenalan mereka manakala yang lain terdapat waris-waris yang tampil dengan membawa bukti kepada JPN mengenai kematian ahli keluarga atau saudara mara mereka.

    Orang ramai perlu maklum bahawa undang-undang tidak membenarkan mana-mana nama dalam daftar pemilih dipotong sewenang-wenangnya tanpa pengesahan yang sahih oleh pihak JPN. Oleh yang demikian, nama 40,803 pemilih awam ragu tersebut perlu terus kekal berada di dalam daftar pemilih bagi menjamin hak mereka yang dilindungi di bawah Perlembagaan Persekutuan. SPR hanya memotong nama-nama mereka daripada daftar pemilih setelah mendapat pengesahan secara rasmi dari pihak berwajib iaitu JPN sama ada mereka telah meninggal dunia atau hilang taraf kewarganegaraan, atau hilang kelayakan atas sebab-sebab lain seperti yang diperuntukkan di bawah Perlembagaan Persekutuan. Oleh yang demikian, selagi pengesahan muktamad tidak diperolehi dari pihak JPN, kesemua nama 40,803 pemilih berkenaan perlu dikekalkan di dalam Daftar Pemilih Induk.

    Dakwaan 4:

    SPR telah mendaftar pemilih yang terdiri daripada warga asing yang telah mendapat taraf warganegara.

    Hanya warganegara Malaysia sahaja yang layak dan berhak untuk menjadi pengundi dalam pilihan raya di negara ini. Mereka yang bukan warganegara atau warga asing mustahil akan dapat mendaftar sebagai pengundi. Sesiapa sahaja warganegara Malaysia dan berumur 21 tahun dan ke atas yang memohon untuk di daftarkan sebagai pemilih, permohonan mereka akan diproses sewajarnya melalui sistem komputer dan mengikut tatacara pemerosesan yang ditetapkan di bawah undang-undang. Justeru itu, adalah tidak timbul soal tentang siapa atau apa jua latar belakang seseorang warganegara itu apabila ia memohon untuk menjadi pemilih kerana yang menjadi asas kelayakan ialah seseorang itu mestilah terdiri daripada warganegara Malaysia dan telah mencapai umur 21 tahun dan ke atas serta memenuhi apa-apa syarat kelayakan lain yang ditetapkan di bawah Perlembagaan.

    Dakwaan 5:

    Masih ramai pemilih berusia lebih 100 tahun berada dalam daftar pemilih SPR.

    Pemotongan nama seseorang pemilih berdaftar hanya dapat dibuat atas dua sebab iaitu pemilih telah meninggal dunia mengikut pengesahan rekod di JPN dan kedua pengesahan hilang kelayakan sebagai pengundi mengikut bukti pengesahan dari jabatan-jabatan yang berwajib. Justeru itu, walaupun umur seseorang pemilih itu telah melangkaui 100 tahun, undang-undang tidak membolehkan SPR untuk memotong nama mereka sewenang-wenangnya atas anggapan bahawa mereka mungkin telah meninggal dunia. Jikalau ada mana-mana pihak yang mengetahui dan dapat membuktikan bahawa terdapat waris mereka yang telah meninggal dunia, SPR berharap mereka tampil ke JPN untuk mengemaskinikan rekod kematian waris berkenaan. Dalam soal pengesahan rekod kematian seseorang warganegara, SPR terpaksa bersandarkan kepada maklumat yang sahih daripada pihak JPN bagi mengelak penipuan atau sebagainya.

    Dakwaan 6:

    Daftar pemilih SPR kotor kerana mengandungi ramai pemilih yang didaftarkan di satu-satu alamat.

    Tanggapan umum terhadap kajian MIMOS bahawa terdapat ramai pemilih yang berdaftar secara pendaftaran berkelompok di satu-satu alamat adalah tidak tepat. Apa yang telah berlaku ialah pihak MIMOS telah tersalah tafsir apabila mereka menemui rekod pemilih yang mendaftar dalam suatu kawasan lokaliti yang sama di mana MIMOS menganggapnya sebagai pendaftaran di satu alamat yang sama. Hakikatnya ialah apa yang dilakukan oleh SPR adalah untuk membolehkan mereka yang mendaftar dapat ditentukan daerah mengundi dan pusat mengundinya. Untuk itu, SPR menetapkan dasar secara merangkumkan beberapa alamat pendaftaran tersebut di dalam sebuah lokaliti. Dalam peta pilihan raya, lokaliti adalah unit yang terkecil yang mengandungi beberapa alamat, dan kemudiannya melalui beberapa lokaliti dibentuk menjadi daerah mengundi dan daripada beberapa daerah mengundi pula terbentuknya bahagian pilihan raya DUN dan seterusnya menjadi bahagian pilihan raya Parlimen.

    Sebagai contoh, di lokaliti Kampung Melayu Majidee di Johor, yang telah dianggap sebagai satu alamat yang mempunyai lebih daripada 100 pemilih, di lokaliti berkenaan sebenarnya terdapat berpuluh-puluh alamat lengkap dan yang tidak lengkap yang disatukan sebagai satu lokaliti iaitu lokaliti Kampung Melayu Majidee. Hal ini telah disalah tafsir oleh MIMOS sebagai satu alamat, walhal ia sebenarnya adalah merupakan satu lokaliti dalam daerah mengundi.

    Dakwaan 7

    Berlaku peningkatan pengundi secara yang mendadak di beberapa kawasan yang diwakili calon pembangkang.

    Langkah SPR secara agresif menjalankan promosi meminta rakyat mendaftar sebagai pengundi, ditambah pula dengan keadaan suasana semasa yang hampir dengan PRU-13 merupakan faktor utama menyebabkan pendaftaran pemilih mencatatkan peningkatan yang tinggi sehingga suku tahun keempat tahun 2011. Peningkatan jumlah pendaftaran telah berlaku secara menyeluruh di semua bahagian pilihan raya di seluruh negara. Walaubagaimanapun, terdapat bahagian-bahagian pilihan raya yang mencatat peningkatan yang lebih tinggi daripada yang lain seperti yang berlaku di beberapa negeri dan di beberapa bahagian pilihan raya tertentu. Perkara ini tidak harus dihairankan kerana sehingga Jun 2011, masih terdapat ketika itu sejumlah 3.7 juta warganegara Malaysia yang layak tetapi belum mendaftar sebagai pengundi. Jumlah mereka yang belum mendaftar yang tertinggi mengikut negeri ialah di negeri Selangor diikuti dengan Wilayah Persekutuan, Johor, Perak dan lain-lain. Maka, jika peningkatan pendaftaran yang tinggi telah berlaku di negeri Selangor, itu adalah sesuatu yang wajar kerana pada pertengahan tahun 2011 seramai 750,000 warganegara yang masih belum mendaftar datang terdapat di negeri tersebut.

    Di sesetengah bahagian pilihan raya peningkatan jumlah pendaftaran telah berlaku dalam kadar yang tinggi dengan peratusan melebihi 30 peratus jika disbanding dengan kedudukan bilangan pemilih pada Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-12 (200. Ini termasuklah kawasan-kawasan seperti P.107 Subang (34%), P.158 Tebrau (34%), P.111 Kota Raja (33%), P.086 Pekan (33%), dan P.032 Gua Musang (30%).

    Pertambahan jumlah pendaftaran pengundi ini bukanlah satu perkara yang dirancang oleh SPR bagi tujuan tertentu sepertimana yang didakwa oleh beberapa pihak. Sebaliknya ianya berlaku disebabkan masih terlalu ramai mereka yang layak di beberapa buah negeri seperti di Selangor yang belum mendaftar sebagai pemilih. Ekoran dari promosi pendaftaran yang agresif dan bahang pilihan raya umum yang semakin dekat, mereka mula sedar dan tampil mendaftar secara besar-besaran melalui pejabat-pejabat pos dan penolong-penolong pendaftar yang dilantik oleh SPR di seluruh negara.

    Dakwaan 8:

    SPR sengaja menambah ramai petugas yang akan mengundi secara pos pada PRU Ke-13 nanti.

    Sub peraturan 3(1) Peraturan-Peraturan Pilihan Raya (Pengundian Pos) 2003 memperuntukkan kepada mana-mana pegawai pilihan raya yang menjalankan tugas pada hari pengundian untuk mengundi secara pos. Justeru melalui peruntukan tersebut petugas-petugas SPR dibenarkan membuat permohonan kepada Pegawai Pengurus di kawasan masing-masing untuk mengundi secara pos.

    Bagaimanapun, tidak kesemua petugas SPR yang akan mengundi secara pos. Bagi mana-mana petugas yang bertugas di pusat mengundi di mana dia adalah pemilih berdaftar di kawasan berkenaan, petugas tersebut biasanya akan mengundi secara pengundian biasa, sama seperti pemilih awam yang lain. Demikian juga, sekiranya seseorang petugas SPR itu bertugas di sebuah pusat mengundi yang berdekatan dengan pusat mengundi lain di mana nama beliau berdaftar di kawasan berkenaan, beliau akan diberi kelonggaran untuk pergi mengundi sebagai pengundi biasa di pusat mengundi berkenaan.

    Adalah menjadi amalan SPR untuk seboleh-bolehnya mengenalpasti mereka yang datang dari sesuatu kawasan tempat mengundi diberi peluang menjadi petugas di pusat mengundi di kawasan berkenaan. Ini akan membolehkan beliau membuang undi sebagai pengundi biasa pada hari pengundian. Bagaimanapun perlu disedari untuk pilihan raya umum, di mana SPR perlu melantik jumlah petugas yang ramai, maka amatlah sukar untuk SPR memastikan mereka yang dilantik itu sendiri daripada pemilih di kawasan mereka bertugas.

    Dakwaan 9:

    SPR gagal memastikan akses media yang saksama kepada semua pihak semasa berlangsungnya sesuatu pilihan raya.

    Kuasa untuk mengawal media semasa pilihan raya tidak terletak di bawah kuasa dan tanggungjawab SPR. Apatah lagi bagi media milik swasta yang mempunyai dasar dan pendekatan masing-masing berhubung dengan sokongan dan sikap mereka terhadap isu-isu yang berbangkit tentang pilihan raya. Justeru mereka bebas untuk membuat laporan mengikut selera dan kepentingan mereka. SPR tidak diperuntukkan kuasa bagi mengawal mana-mana media supaya menyediakan akses yang saksama kepada semua pihak yang bertanding dalam pilihan raya. Walaubagaimanapun, untuk PRU-13 akan datang, SPR akan berbincang dengan pihak yang berkenaan di peringkat kerajaan dalam usaha untuk mewujudkan ruang dan akses yang saksama terhadap media awam kepada semua pihak yang bertanding dalam pilihan raya akan datang. Selain itu SPR juga akan berbincang dengan beberapa pemilik media swasta utama (media elektronik dan media cetak) untuk mendapatkan kerjasama mereka dalam usaha mewujudkan akses media yang saksama kepada semua parti politik dan calon yang bertanding.

    Dakwaan 10:

    Isu isteri anggota tentera mendaftar sebagai pengundi pos.

    Mengikut peruntukan-peruntukan yang ditetapkan di bawah undang-undang, isteri atau suami kepada anggota angkatan tentera yang tinggal di dalam kem adalah berhak mengundi secara pos seperti yang diperuntukkan di bawah Peraturan-Peraturan Pilihan Raya (Pengundian Pos) 2003, iaitu Peraturan 3(1)(a) “mana-mana orang yang telah mendaftarkan diri sebagai seorang pemilih Parlimen atau Negeri di bawah Peraturan-Peraturan Pilihan Raya (Pendaftaran Pemilih) 2002, dan dia ialah seorang pengundi tidak hadir, adalah berhak untuk mengundi sebagai pengundi pos”.

    Untuk PRU-13 akan datang, golongan tersebut yang dikategorikan sebagai pengundi tidak hadir, dan berhak mengundi secara pos, SPR akan memperkenalkan kaedah Sistem Pengundian Awal untuk mereka. Oleh yang demikian, dalam PRU akan datang, isteri atau suami kepada anggota angkatan tentera akan mengundi awal di pusat-pusat mengundi awal yang akan dibuka dan diuruskan oleh pegawai-pegawai SPR di dalam kem di mana mereka didaftarkan sebagai pengundi.

    Dakwaan 11:

    Isu anggota polis dan pasangan didaftarkan sebagai pengundi pos.

    Mengikut Peraturan-Peraturan Pilihan Raya (Pengundian Pos) 2003, anggota Polis Pasukan Gerakan Am (PGA) dan pasangan adalah golongan yang layak mengundi secara pos. Perkara ini disebut dengan jelas di bawah sub peraturan 3(1)(c) undang-undang tersebut. Prosedur memproses permohonan pendaftaran pengundi pos bagi anggota polis yang layak di bawah peruntukan tersebut di buat secara teliti bagi mengelak berlakunya pendaftaran berganda di kalangan mereka di mana nama seseorang pengundi pos berkenaan tidak akan wujud di dalam senarai pengundi awam.

    Dakwaan 12:

    Isu pengundi hantu.

    Isu “pengundi hantu” yang difitnahkan oleh pihak-pihak tertentu telah berkali-kali diperjelaskan oleh SPR sebelum ini kepada pihak-pihak yang berkenaan dan kepada umum bahawa pengundi hantu tidak wujud di dalam pilihan raya di negara ini. Pada SPR, dakwaan “pengundi hantu” adalah satu tohmahan yang sengaja diadakan oleh pihak-pihak tertentu bermotifkan politik serta bertujuan untuk memburukkan SPR di mata umum. Hakikatnya ialah tohmahan tersebut tidak pernah dibuktikan oleh mana-mana pihak baik di dalam mahkamah atau di luar mahkamah. Dalam sejarah pilihan raya di negara ini, isu pengundi hantu tidak pernah terbukti dalam mana-mana petisyen pilihan raya yang di failkan di mahkamah selepas pilihan raya.

    Semasa pilihan raya, apa yang berlaku pada hari pengundian ialah terdapat pemilih berdaftar yang telah tidak bermastautin di alamat tempat beliau mendaftar sebagai pemilih. Apabila tiba pilihan raya, pemilih berkenaan akan balik mengundi di tempat beliau telah mendaftar sebagai pemilih. Pemilih berkenaan adalah seorang pengundi yang sah dari segi undang-undang bukannya “pengundi hantu” sebagaimana yang sering didakwa oleh pihak yang menuduh SPR sengaja membiarkan nama-nama pengundi berkenaan di kekalkan di dalam daftar pemilih walaupun beliau tidak bermastautin di dalam kawasan pilihan raya, pengundi berkenaan ialah pemilih berdaftar yang berhak untuk balik mengundi di pusat mengundi di mana dia didaftarkan.
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    The Registration of Electors should be split from the SPR and placed under another body.


    Voters with incomplete addresses in the electoral roll can still vote


    Posted on 29 July 2012 - 08:03pm
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    PETALING JAYA (July 29, 2012): The Election Commission (EC) said voters with incomplete addresses registered in the electoral roll will not be denied their vote in the next general election.


    In a phone interview with theSun today, EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said the voters can still return to their polling stations as stated in their MyKad.


    However, he said it was important for voters to update their actual residential addresses with the National Registration Department (NRD) and also inform the EC.


    Abdul Aziz said this will both allow the EC to verify the authenticity of the information provided to them, and all the information vetted will be gazetted in November through the Attorney-General's Chambers.


    "Only those voters gazetted as electors by the EC in the electoral roll will be allowed to vote during the election," he said.


    Additionally, he said the EC will reject the voters' application if the information provided to them is incomplete.


    He added suspicious voters can also be checked by the EC once the complete addresses are provided to them.


    On the number of voters which have not provided the EC with their complete addresses, he said it was difficult to determine because before July 2002, there were insufficient facilities and all registrations was done manually together with NRD.


    "It was only after that, we placed a condition under EC's regulation under the registration of voters that they can only vote following their addresses as stated in their ICs," he said.


    He was responding to EC's latest publication titled "The Electoral Roll: Issues and Clarifications", which showed applicants which completed the voter registration application forms as well as relatives and others who helped to complete the forms did not provide the applicants' complete address, especially those registered prior to July 2002.


    He added although the EC does not inform voters regarding their applications, voters can check through the EC's website or inquire directly to their officers based at the EC's headquarters.


    The EC has appointed more than 10,000 registrar assistance nationwide to assist them to resolve the matter, and voters can obtain application forms at post offices, government and political parties' offices, he said.


    He also urged those who have yet to register as voters to update their addresses as soon as possible with NRD.


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    Suddenly he is so modest.

    Electoral roll can’t be 100pc clean, says EC


    By Zurairi AR
    January 30, 2013
    PUTRAJAYA, Jan 30 — The Election Commission (EC) today conceded that it is impossible to clean fully the electoral roll, despite calls for a clean-up before the next elections.

    EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof claimed that no country could ever clean their electoral roll 100 per cent, because of deaths, relocations and citizenships being revoked.

    “We have tried our best to clean our electoral roll within the law,” Abdul Aziz (picture) told reporters here.

    “If I clean my roll now, tomorrow somebody (might) die. It will be dirty again.”

    Abdul Aziz insisted that the EC cannot by law simply alter the roll by changing a registered voter’s particulars.

    The EC also kept mum on the date of Election 2013, amid Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announcing her country’s election date eight months early today.

    “All I can say is as the days go by, the election date becomes nearer,” Abdul Aziz joked.

    We cannot compare ourselves to others, we have our own way of doing things.”

    MORE TO COME
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    'What detergent do I use to clean electoral roll?'

    Johnny Ong's response, http://johnnyongcartoons.blogspot.com/:



    • 5:52PM Jan 30, 2013


    It is not possible for any country to ensure its electoral roll is 100 percent clean, the Election Commission (EC) says, for the list will be affected by daily occurrences of deaths as well as changes in addresses as people move about the country.

    "If I clean today, tomorrow someone dies and it is not clean again...

    "How clean do you want it to be? What kind of detergent do we need to use?" EC chief Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof told a press conference in Putrajaya today.

    He stressed that in spite of revelations to the royal commission of inquiry (RCI) on immigrants in Sabah, the electoral roll for the state - and for the rest of the country - was as clean as these could be made.

    "Believe us, the electoral roll is clean. As far as the EC is concerned, we only accept citizens with blue MyKad as voters.

    "As for how they got the identity card, that's (under the purview of) the National Registration Department (NRD),” he said, washing his hands clean of possible inaccuracies.
    Before the names are entered into the roll, the EC carries out a “vigorous check” with the NRD to ensure that those being registered are citizens and are alive.

    "If it is okay, only then we register,” Abdul Aziz explained after launching the commission's dedicated 13th general election website.

    He also appealed to members of the public to be proactive and check their details for discrepancies and update the EC with their latest details and addresses.

    For this, he said, voters could SMS, email, phone in or go through the EC's new dedicated GE13 website at www.pru13.gov.my.

    No comment on Sabah RCI
    Asked to comment on the ongoing RCI, Abdul Aziz refused to touch on the testimonies of the witnesses.

    "I have been advised not to comment as the proceedings are still going on. Four EC officers are waiting to testify and they will answer any and all questions that the commission may ask," he said.

    The RCI hearing in Kota Kinabalu has to date featured damning testimonies on the awarding of citizenship to illegal immigrants and their subsequent registration as voters.

    Asked why the Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) was not named as an election observer, Abdul Aziz said it was the EC's prerogative to choose whoever it wanted, and he went on to say it was not because Suhakam had any ill feeling toward the commission.

    "(Suhakam chief) Hasmy Agam (right) is my friend too."

    He added that thus far 16 NGOs have been appointed as local observers while five Asean countries and the grouping’s secretariat would be coming as international observers.

    ‘Malaysia, Australia poles apart’

    The EC chief also dismissed Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's early announcement of election dates as inconsequential to Malaysian politics as both countries were poles apart and used differing electoral guidelines.

    "We have different laws, different systems and different conventions."

    Commenting further on the EC's dedicated GE13 website, Abdul Aziz said it would be the one-stop portal for all things related to the coming general election, including news, turnout rates, enforcement updates, nomination statistics as well as other information and a live stream of all voting results.

    He said the new site costs less then RM100,000 out of the total RM400 million budgeted for the commission’s GE13 budget.

    This budget is a whopping RM150 million more than the cost of GE12 in 2008.

    Abdul Aziz attributed the inflated cost to inflation, ballooning staff and allowances as well as extra expenses for new types of voting, overseas voting and to handle and increasing number of voters, which will total 13.3 million as against the 10 million voters in 2008, after the latest registrants are gazetted in March.

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    ‘Election will be the best, not the dirtiest’


    February 6, 2013


    The EC has been cleaning the electoral list every day with the NRD, says EC chairman Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof.

    Admin:
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    KOTA KINABALU: The Election Commission (EC) today gave the assurance that the next general election would be the best and not the dirtiest as some people perceived it would be in view of the disclosures at the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on illegal immigrants in Sabah.

    Its chairman, Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof, said the people should not come to conclusions based on the testimony of one or two witnesses as more than 100 people were giving statements to the RCI.

    “What I want to stress here is that our electoral rolls are clean. The EC has been cleaning the list every day with the National Registration Department (NRD). NRD is the authority which decides whether a person is a citizen or not.

    “As such, our electoral rolls, with 13.3 million voters [including Sabah] as at December last year, are clean. The 13th general election may be hot, maybe challenging, but not dirty,” he told reporters after handing over letters appointing three non-governmental organisations (NGO) as observers in the next general election for Sabah and Labuan.

    The three NGOs are the Sabah-branch of the Malaysian Historical Society, the Sabah Youth Council and the Sabah Federation of Chinese Associations.

    Abdul Aziz said the EC had introduced several changes to update and improve the election process, including the use of the indelible ink, early voting, media access for political parties, international observers and local observers.

    “Many other changes have been made, including allowing postal voting for Malaysians residing overseas,” he said.

    He said four EC officers would be called as witnesses in the RCI hearing.

    Abdul Aziz also said that the EC would spend about RM52 million to manage the general election in Sabah, which has 969,497 registered voters.

    He said the EC was allocating RM400 million to manage the general election nationwide.

    Earlier, in his speech, he said 16 NGOs had been appointed as local observers throughout the country, with five in the peninsula, eight in Sarawak and three in Sabah.
    - Bernama
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