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    SPR to conduct electoral roll checking campaign from June 1

    From cleanest electoral roll in the world to 100% check of the rolls. All within the space of two months. We can only hold our breath in wonder.

    What happened? I thought we have the cleanest roll in the world?

    EC to hold electoral roll checking campaign from June 1





    May 30, 2012

    http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/m...n-from-june-1/

    PUTRAJAYA, May 30 — The Election Commission (EC) will hold the Electoral Roll Checking Month Campaign 2012 to enable the 12,658,803 voters who registered up to December 31 last year to verify their status.

    EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said the campaign, which will be held from June 1-30, was aimed at increasing voter awareness on the importance of checking their status before the 13th General Election (GE) is held.

    “The campaign will provide more room for voters to check and update their registered information for any mistake or inaccuracy,” he said in a statement here today.

    Abdul Aziz said the campaign was also part of the EC’s initiative to clean up the electoral roll, with the help of the National Registration Department and cooperation from voters to ensure all registered information was correct and accurate.

    “Only voters can correct their details in the electoral roll. The EC cannot correct any mistake, without the voters informing the EC, according to set rules and procedures,” he said.

    He said, if there were mistakes in the roll such as missing names, changes of address and the like, voters would be able to lodge complaints to the EC, via the complaints system on its website www.spr.gov.my; call centre at 03-88856565; fax at 03-8889112; mail; or by visiting the EC headquarters in Putrajaya or any of the state general election offices in the coming month.

    The call centre and state offices operate from 8am to 5pm.

    Voters may check their status online via the EC website by entering their MyKad number and their details will be displayed.
    They may also send an SMS by typing SPRSEMAK(ICNUMBER) to 15888.

    Abdul Aziz said the EC would also be setting up counters for new voter registrations and change of voting centres at its headquarters and state offices. — Bernama
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    It is important to identify the intentions before considering their declaration of intentions. They are not necessarily the same.

    Consider this:

    The Selangor Govt has announce a programme to verify the authenticity of voters on the ground. One would have thought the EC would welcome it with open arms as it will help them to clean up the rolls. Look at UMNO and the EC's responses:

    1. 19th Apr 2012: Selangor to pump RM5mil into war on dubious voters
    2. 4th Jun 2012: Noh Omar: Snub S'gor's voter verification exercise
    3. 5th Jun 2012: EC echoes call to snub S'gor voter verification exercise
    4. 5th Jun 2012: We can't reject incomplete addresses, says EC
    5. 6th Jun 2012: 'Noh has confirmed our worst fears'
    (The links will be posted below for convenience)

    And yet the EC claims they want more power. More power to do what? They only need to exercise more will-power to carry out their duties as entrusted in the Constitution! Civil societies are reacting. PROHAM wants a monitoring body to oversee the cleaning of the electoral roll under Minister in the PM's Dept, Nazri Abdul Aziz.

    We agree with the monitoring body but we don't think putting it under Nazri is a good idea. It must be outside the hands of the Ruling Party because they are seen to be tainted!
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    Selangor to pump RM5mil into war on dubious voters

    • Leven Woon


    http://malaysiakini.com/news/195482

    The Selangor government will launch a "Selangorku Bersih" programme involving state civil servants and village heads to ensure that the electoral roll in the state is clean and in order.

    Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim told the media after a meeting with the Election Commission that the programme would be a "measure from the state to help EC to clean up its electoral roll in Selangor".

    Khalid said the state would use funds for this from the RM5 million grant set aside under the Geran Selangorku scheme to enable any individual or party to raise objections on dubious voters in the electoral roll.

    Khalid, Selangor assembly speaker Teng Chang Khim and a delegation of Selangor exco members were at the EC headquarters in Putrajaya today for a briefing by the commission and to discuss issues pertaining to the movement of voters' polling stations without their knowledge.

    Pakatan Rakyat had claimed that as of December 2011, there has been a sudden rise in the number of voters in the state, amounting to about half a million individuals or 35 percent of Selangor voters.

    Coalition supremo Anwar Ibrahim had said Selangor will not go for its state-level polls until the matter is resolved.

    When asked about this today, Khalid said he did not raise the matter to the EC today because it is beyond EC’s jurisdiction to decide when the state is to hold an election.

    Briefing reaffirms existence of voter spike

    Meanwhile, Selangor senior exco member Teresa Kok said that the EC’s briefing has reaffirmed the existence of a spike in dubious voters.

    “In Batang Kali (state) constituency alone, there is a 40 percent spike of new voters since 2008, making the total number of voters to 39,928 now.

    “But Batang Kali is a semi-rural constituency, where did the voters come from?” she said.

    She added that the neighbouring Kuala Kubu Baru state constituency had not recorded such a significant increase.

    Besides Batang Kali, Bukit Lanjan has also recorded a 34 percent increase in voters, followed by Paya Jaras with 31 percent.

    Asked about the claim that a large number of East Malaysians have registered themselves as voters in Selangor, Khalid said the EC has given the explanation that it is done according to procedure.

    “We were told that eligible voters can register to vote in Selangor. The validity is determined upon application for registration,” he said.

    Beware! It is meant to reduce the no. of voters in Sabah, making it easier for the PTIs to win.
    Khalid said he tried to press for exact figures on the matter, but was told it is being tabulated.

    “The EC said the figures are still being tabulated because there is a surge of voters.

    Admin: This is just to play for time. Tabulation by computer takes a few minutes only and they already have it.
    “It said that on March 30 alone, 5,000 people were registered to vote in Selangor,” he said.

    On his own voting status, Khalid said he has applied to move his voting constituency from Lembah Pantai, Kuala Lumpur to Ijok, Selangor.

    Khalid also dismissed the theory by an Umno blogger that being a KL voter would disqualify him from contesting a state seat if he fails to change his voting constituency, saying that the criteria examined is the address on the identity card.

    When asked about the MCA’s accusations that Selangor deferment of its elections is a stunt to siphon its money to campaign activities elsewhere, Khalid declined to comment.

    Exco member Halimah Ali, who was standing beside Khalid, then quickly went to his defence, quipping that “even the selangor exco has found it hard to get a cent from the government”.
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    Even if the Selangor Govt does not have the power to conduct a voter verification exercise, it is in the interests of the people that this checking is carried out. In fact, the EC should be doing it, instead of trying to throw obstacles in the way of the Selangor Govt. This clearly shows the EC's intentions.

    2. Noh Omar: Snub S'gor's voter verification exercise
    12:43PM Jun 4, 2012

    http://malaysiakini.com/news/199854

    Selangor Umno deputy chief Noh Omar urged the public to snub the Selangor state government's campaign dubbed 'Selangorku Bersih' to verify the identities of voters in the state as it is an abuse of power.

    The campaign was launched by Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim recently, mobilising state civil servants and village heads to clean the electoral roll.

    They will conduct house-to-house visits to verify the identities of voters registered in those addresses and raise objections should they fail to locate the voters.

    It was a response to the spike of the number of voters in the state which Pakatan Rakyat said may involve irregularities and fraud including the registration of foreigners as voters, and the transfer of outside voters into the state.

    According to a report in today's Utusan Malaysia Noh argued the power to verify voters' identities is under the purview of the Election Commission (EC), and the increase of voters in Selangor is due to an awareness campaign conducted by the EC previously.

    "I was informed that the state government is eager to check voters from house to house. But it is not in their powers to conduct the task.

    "If this matter is true, don't they have anything else to do? I call on the people of Selangor not to entertain the representatives from the state government or Village Development and Security Committees (JKKK) if they come to their houses to check on voters," he was quoted as saying by the Umno-owned Malay daily.

    The agriculture and agro-based industry minister said the campaign may have hidden political motives such as to put the blame on the EC and government if the opposition loses the state in the next general election.

    "If they lose in the next general election, they would use what they are doing today, which is checking voters from house-to-house, as their weapon to charge that there are phantom voters, fraud committed by the EC and so on, even though the new electoral roll is valid," he added.
    [QUOTE]Admin: This is to pre-empt claims of cheating during GE 13, which will certainly be the dirtiest in history![/QUOTE]
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    It's so shameful. They can't perform and yet when others come out to do their job for them, they try their best to sabotage it.


    3. EC echoes call to snub S'gor voter verification exercise

    12:59PM Jun 5, 2012

    http://malaysiakini.com/news/199956

    Following Selangor Umno deputy chief Noh Omar's call, the Election Commission (EC) has also said the Selangor government has no power to verify the identity of voters under its 'Selangorku Bersih' campaign.

    EC deputy chairperson Wan Ahmad Wan Omar called on the public not to cooperate with the campaign as he worried the verification exercise may create uneasiness among voters.

    He stressed that the public have the right to decide whether or not they want to show their MyKad to campaign workers.

    "However, I advise voters not to easily give their (MyKad) to other people," he said.

    The campaign was launched by Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim (right) recently, mobilising civil servants and Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK) members to clean up the electoral roll.

    They will conduct house-to-house visits to verify the identity of voters registered at the addresses and raise objections should they fail to locate the voters.

    This is in response to the discovery of a spike of the number of voters in the state which Pakatan Rakyat said may involve irregularities and fraud including the registration of foreigners as voters, and the transfer of outside voters into the state.

    Noh had criticised the campaign, saying it is an abuse of power as the power to verify voters' identity is under the purview of the EC.

    His stance was echoed by Wan Ahmad who told Malay daily Utusan Malaysia that JKKK members have no power to force anyone to show their MyKad to verify their identity.

    "Only enforcement agencies such as the police have the power to order members of public to show their MyKad," he was quoted as saying.

    "Therefore JKKK members who conduct the electoral roll verification exercise in Selangor are reminded not create chaos if members of the public refuse to cooperate."

    The EC has launched a month-long campaign, urging voters to check their status to avoid confusion during the next general election.

    Registered voters can call 03-88856565 or all state EC offices, check the EC online database, or send a text-message - "SPR(space)SEMAK(space)identity number" - to 15888.

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    Excuse after excuse when it is seen to be against the Ruling Party's interests.


    4. We can't reject incomplete addresses, says EC

    • Kuek Ser Kuang Keng


    • 4:17PM Jun 5, 2012

    Election Commission (EC) chairperson Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof explained that the commission has no right to reject the registration of voters with incomplete and dubious addresses as long as they are in the record of the National Registration Department (NRD).

    If these registrations receive no objection from local residents and are subsequently gazetted, whatever critics have to comment would have no effect unless the voters themselves apply for changes, he said.

    "Just like the cases in Kampung Melayu Majidee, Johor, the EC's responsibility is to register qualified Malaysian citizens as voters based on the addresses on their identity cards at the time of their application and after verification with the Agency Link Up System (Alis) of the NRD.

    "Assistant election registrars from government departments, NGOs, post offices, political parties, universities and others, who are appointed by the EC, can register any voter with code 71 and other codes if they apply.

    "The EC has no right to reject these registrations when Alis verifies the addresses as valid and accurate as the ones recorded in NRD's database," he told Malaysiakini in a text message today.

    Abdul Aziz (right) was requested to respond to political researcher Ong Kian Ming's recent findings that many new voters registered by a government agency (not the EC) have code 71 in their identity numbers but without house numbers and street names.

    Code 71 indicates that those voters were born outside of Malaysia.

    Incomplete addresses

    Previously the EC has argued that some addresses do not contain house numbers and street names because they are in rural areas, but Ong managed to prove that some of them are in urban areas such as Johor Bahru and Klang valley.

    One of the examples cited by Ong is Kampung Melayu Majidee, which is located in a heavily urbanised area in Johor Bahru.

    All the 56 foreign-born new voters in that area registered in the last three quarters, do not have house numbers and street names, while all 75 Malaysia-born new voters, except one, have complete addresses.

    This lack of complete addresses make it difficult for political parties to trace these voters and verify if they are valid voters in the areas they are registered.

    Ong further raised the question whether these dubious voters were given identity cards by the NRD to vote in the election.

    In his reply, Abdul Aziz reiterated that only existing voters in the same constituency can object to the registration of foreign-born voters in the 14-day period after the supplementary electoral roll draft is published.

    Every voter throughout the country has an interest in this as it affects Parliament!

    "So the comments made after the supplementary electoral roll draft has been gazetted cannot change anything to the master electoral roll, unless the voters themselves apply to make the changes," he said.

    'Lack of sincerity'

    In an immediate response, Ong commented that Abdul Aziz's reply once again showed the lack of sincerity on the part of the EC to be proactive in cleaning up the electoral roll and to have consistent policies to address shortcomings in the voter registration system.

    "The Kampung Melayu Majidee cases clearly show concerted and organised efforts by a government agency, which is not the EC, to register non-Malaysian born voters using identity card addresses that did not have house numbers and street names.

    "Rather than questioning the NRD about the lack of addresses in the identity cards of these voters, the EC chairperson has chosen instead to allow these dubious voters to remain on the electoral roll," said Ong (left).

    On the issue of objecting to these dubious registrations, Ong stressed that only voters residing in the same constituency as those dubious voters are eligible to raise objections.

    "Furthermore, one individual can only challenge up to 30 names in the electoral roll. And even then, one has to pay RM10 for every challenge issued. With these kinds of restrictions in place, it is very hard to stop the addition of more dodgy voters onto the electoral roll."

    Ong claimed that in a closed door meeting attended by him, a member of the EC informed that the EC had rejected many voter applications in the past because they knew that the addresses in the identity cards of the voters in question did not exist.

    "If this was the case, then why didn't the EC reject the voter applications from Kampung Melayu Majidee, especially since their own records show that almost all of the voters registered prior to 2008 in this locality had house numbers?

    "As long as the EC continues to adopt an attitude that is not pro-active, the number of dodgy voters in the electoral roll will only grow and grow thereby making the job of cleaning up the roll in the future much more challenging," he added.


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    5. 'Noh has confirmed our worst fears'
    10:20AM Jun 6, 2012

    http://malaysiakini.com/news/200021

    Selangor Umno deputy chief Noh Omar's rejection of a Selangorku Bersih programme only proves that the BN has something to hide, claimed Faekah Husin, the political secretary to the menteri besar.

    Faekah Husin said in a statement that Noh should be supportive of the Selangor government’s voter verification exercise to ensure that the next state election is clean, free of malpractices and fair.

    "Noh's apprehension of the programme has confirmed the fear of the people in Selangor that there are elements of treachery by BN, the Election Commission (EC) and the National Registration Department," said Faekah.

    Faekah was commenting on Noh's call to the public to ignore the exercise, claiming that the state government has no authority to conduct this and that only the EC has the power to do so.

    The programme was initiated after it was revealed that Selangor had recorded 600,000 new voters since 2008 - the highest increase nationwide.

    Faekah explained that the figure has been an eye-opener for the state government and it is carrying out the programme because it is a responsible government.

    She said the programme will be of help to the EC and may even help spruce up the commission's image.

    It involves mobilising state civil servants and village security and development committee heads to inspect the voter list throughout Selangor, to verify that voters reside at the address under which they have registered.
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    EC indeed has power to reject registration, says DAP

    • Kuek Ser Kuang Keng


    • 1:39PM Jun 6, 2012

    http://malaysiakini.com/news/200059

    DAP today attempted to prove that contrary to the Election Commission’s (EC) earlier claim, the panel actually has the power to reject the registration of voters with incomplete or inaccurate details.

    During a press conference held at the party’s headquarters this morning, DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang and national publicity secretary Tony Pua (right) furnished the party’s records that showed voter registration forms submitted to the commission had been rejected due to various reasons.

    These reasons include the addresses given by the voters were different from the addresses recorded in their MyKad, voters did not state their religion in the forms or they had given a different religion from the one recorded in their MyKad.

    Those forms were submitted to the state EC office last year by DAP assistant registrars appointed by the EC.

    “They told us the forms were incomplete so they were rejected, so it is within their power to do so,” Tony said.

    “Hence the comment made by the EC chairperson Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof was completely reckless. He was trying to defend the indefensible action of registering dodgy voters to support the government.”

    Pua was referring to Abdul Aziz’s statement to Malaysiakini yesterday that the commission has no right to reject the registration of voters with incomplete and dubious addresses as long as they are in the records of the National Registration Department (NRD).

    If these registrations receive no objection from local residents and are subsequently gazetted, whatever critics have to comment would have no effect unless the voters themselves applied for changes, he added.
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