But they won't take action even with evidence given.

Selangor EC chief admits dubious voters in roll

  • 12:00PM Apr 2, 2013

Selangor Election Commission (EC) chief Zulkifli Abdul Rahman has admitted that an Umno assistant registrar of voters had registered "many" dubious voters into the electoral roll, the DAP says.

The state EC chief, Zulkifli Abdul Rahman, curtly made that admission during a 45-minute meeting with Klang MP Charles Santiago at Zulkifli's office today, Charles said.

The EC had previously said that this Umno member had registered the name of S Dinesh, 32, who resides in Britain, as a voter in 2012, without the consent of Dinesh

"I asked him how many people this man has registered as voters. He said many," Charles said.

However, Zulkifli, according to Charles, said the commission could not remove Dinesh's name from the electoral roll because Section 9 (a) of the Elections Act bars the removal of names from a gazetted electoral roll.

[Admin: Regulation 25(2)(g) of the Registration of Electors Regulations allows the Chief Registrar to strike out any name that is wrongly included - (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.]

"They are hiding under Section 9a. They are acknowledging the law has been broken but are not taking action," Charles lamented at a press conference after the meeting.

The press conference was held at the Selangor EC office after the meeting, but Zulkifli stayed away.

Charles had gone to the Selangor EC hoping to get the registration documents of Dinesh to determine how his signature had been forged. Dinesh's father K Sivakumar, who made a police report on Dinesh's non-consensual registration on Jan 31, was also present.

"But they have told us that we need to go to Putrajaya EC office to get the documents, despite us giving them a week's notice," he said.

Charles said he urged the EC to lodge a police report against the assistant registrar, so that action could be taken against him but the EC said it would have to consult its legal team in Putrajaya on this.

Produce the dubious names, MP told

Charles said he was dissatisfied with the EC's reply when he asked about the possibility of somebody else voting on behalf of individuals like Dinesh, who were abroad.

"They asked us to produce a list of these dubious names to the polling agents so that individuals claiming to be them can't vote. This is ridiculous. We can't be doing that," he added.

Charlese said the EC officers also refused to respond when asked whether the Immigration Department was "colluding" with political parties to help register voters.

"They did not deny, nor did they agree with what I said. They were quiet. How else can an Umno man know that someone like Dinesh is residing abroad? Only the Immigration Department can produce that information," he said.

Charles added that he has discovered six such cases of Malaysians residing abroad who have been registered as voters, without their consent, in his constituency alone.