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    SPR: Merdeka Centre - Almost half don't trust electoral process

    Survey: Almost half don't trust electoral process

    • Aidila Razak

    • 6:52PM May 25, 2012

    A survey done in the weeks leading up to the Bersih 3.0 rally in April found that about half of Malaysians have no trust in the present electoral process.

    According to the Merdeka Centre poll conducted from April 14 to 26, 49 percent do not believe that the process "is free from irregularity".

    Of the 1,019 people polled, it found that only 20 percent are “very confident” that the process can be trusted.

    The survey was completed just days before the mammoth April 28 Bersih rally that saw thousands of yellow-clad protesters on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, demanding clean and fair elections.

    While an overwhelming 68 percent of the Chinese respondents do not trust the process, compared with 19 percent who do, the same cannot be said for Malays.

    More Malays are more optimistic over the process, with 57 percent trusting the process, compared with 39 percent who do not. Half of the Indians polled were not confident in the process.

    The telephone survey found that a similar number of people also do not trust the postal voting process.

    A total of 51 percent said the postal voting process “lacks transparency and is open to political interference”.

    Most who do not trust postal voting have incomes higher than RM5,000 a month and aged between 31 and 40 years.

    Poor understanding of Bersih's demands

    While the lack of confidence in postal voting matches one of electoral reform NGO Bersih's eight demands, only 39 percent feel they understand these demands.

    A mere 13 percent said they understood Bersih's demands “a great deal” while a large 24 percent did not understand the demands at all.

    Most of those who said they do not understand Bersih's demands are from rural areas and have incomes lower than RM1,500 a month.

    There is also poor confidence in the parliamentary select committee for electoral reform, with half believing that it is only a “cover-up or to divert public attention”.

    Indians had the least confidence, with more than half saying the PSC is a cover-up, while Malays remained the most trusting, with 42 percent believing it to be a “sincere effort”.

    Those under the age of 40 were most distrustful, along with those with incomes higher than RM5,000 a month.

    92pct M'sians want voters roll cleaned up before GE
    Merdeka Centre full survey [in PDF]
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    92pct M'sians want voters roll cleaned up before GE

    • Aidila Razak

    • 6:40PM May 25, 2012

    A recent poll, done on the eve of the Bersih 3.0 rally, shows that an overwhelming majority of people surveyed want the electoral roll to be cleaned up before the next general election.

    According to independent polling group Merdeka Centre, an astounding 92 percent of the 1,019 people surveyed last month said the government should do this before the general election.

    The results were almost unanimous across race, age group, gender, income and region, with more than 90 percent of each group answering in the positive.

    The survey was conducted over two weeks - between April 14 and 26 - days before the mammoth Bersih rally that saw thousands of yellow-clad protesters on the streets of Kuala Lumpur demanding for clean and fair elections.

    Half of those polled have no confidence in roll
    It also found that about half, or 48 percent, of the same group said they have no confidence in the electoral roll.

    The survey conducted in the weeks preceeding the Bersih 3.0 April 28 rally found that respondents felt there were “irregularities” in the roll, including “doubtful voters such as foreigners, people transferred without their knowledge or people with multiple identities”.

    More than half of those polled also believe that the law should be amended to allow the gazetted electoral roll to be challenged.

    However, a significant 17 percent strongly disagreed with this proposal, which would mean Section 9A of the Election Act should be repealed.

    Very strong support for Sabah RCI

    Merdeka Centre also found very strong support for a royal commission of inquiry into illegal immigration into Sabah, a matter that is also related to the electoral roll integrity.

    A total of 79 percent agree that a RCI be held, while the bulk of them “strongly” agreeing with this.

    The RCI found equal support in the northern, central, southern and eastern regions of the country, while those aged 21-30 polled the highest in terms of support among all age groups.

    There is still confusion over whether the government will be setting up the royal commission on the matter.

    While some ministers have said that the RCI has already been approved by the cabinet months ago, Prime Minister Najib Razak has yet to make an official announcement.

    Survey: Almost half don't trust electoral process
    Merdeka Centre full survey [in PDF]

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