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    SPR: FORUM: Role of Citizen in Ensuring Fair Elections, organized by NIEI

    *FORUM: Role of Citizen in Ensuring Fair Elections*

    *Organised by: National Institute for Electoral Integrity (NIEI)*****

    In recent years, controversy surrounding the electoral roll continue to surface with political parties and advocacy groups raising serious concerns over the alleged cases of ‘phantom voters’, ‘imported voters’, multiple entries in the electoral roll for a single voter and other irregularities in terms of administrative errors and commissions.

    The concerns and issues continue to be a major public debate and concern and NIEI therefore organise this forum to inform and update the public on the recent concerns and reform initiatives as part of its public empowerment and info sharing effort.

    This forum aims to address the role of citizens in a democracy and the electoral reform process.

    The forum will discuss the NIEI and Merdeka Center Report on the National Voter Registration Audit and the recent Report of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Electoral Reforms.

    *Title: Role of Citizen in Ensuring Free and Fair Elections in the upcoming General Election*

    Date: **20th October 2012**
    Venue: Hotel Singgahsana, Petaling Jaya Selangor

    Time: **2.00 – 5.00pm
    Registration: **1:30pm

    Agenda:

    ·Progress on the Parliamentary Select Committee on the 22 Recommendations for Electoral Reform, Datuk Wira Hj. Wan Ahmad Bin Wan Omar, Deputy Chairman of Election Commission Malaysia

    · Findings on Report on Voter Registration Audit 2011 ****
    · *Role of citizen Ensuring Fair Election: *K.Shan, Acting Chairman of National Institute for Electoral Integrity (NIEI)****

    · Q&A from audience

    *Limited Seats Available: Confirmation Required

    Kindly contact NIEI at contact@niei.org.my for confirmation and for further details our Ms Ili farhana will be available at 013 694 1418 for any assistance.****

    Thank You****

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    Hundreds of voters in one house? EC explains why



    • Nigel Aw


    • 7:17PM Oct 20, 2012


    Election Commission deputy chief Wan Ahmad Wan Omar today explained that the reason behind incidents where hundreds of voters were registered with the same address was due to former squatter colonies.

    "In cases where there are clusters of people voting in one address, what we see in Kuala Lumpur today is not the same as Kuala Lumpur 10 years ago.... the demographics have changed," he told a forum in Petaling Jaya this afternoon.

    An example, he said was an instance where hundreds of voters were registered under one address at Sulaiman Court when there was a squatter community there 20 years ago.

    Currently, the site is occupied by the Sogo shopping complex.
    "Previously, when people in squatters registered they would just choose one address, perhaps the village's chief's residence, and all their correspondence will go through there," he said.

    He added that while these squatters have moved on into proper housing in other places, they have yet to update their new addresses with the EC.

    "Sometimes they may have also joined the political parties' branch in that area and they were told to remain voting there and not change their address," he said.

    Wan Ahmad, who came equipped with electoral reform group Bersih’s eight-point demands, gave a 90-minute speech in a bid to deflect criticism that the commission had failed to take on electoral reform.

    The following are excerpts of his response:

    EC has not worked to ensure overseas voters can vote

    Wan Ahmad said starting next month, overseas citizens can use Form 1 to apply as postal voters.

    The form will be available for download on the Internet and through embassies.

    EC has not implemented outstation voting for Sabahans and Sarawakians in the peninsula


    Wan Ahmad explained that this was difficult as unlike Indonesia, they would not be voting for the party as a whole but for various constituencies across those states.

    “The EC said the best is to also allow them to be postal voters but some members of the parliamentary select committee (on electoral reform) were fiercely against this, they didn’t want to add any more postal voters,” he said.

    The alternative, he said, was for them to re-register their addresses in the peninsula as they are already living there long-term.

    EC has failed to clean up the electoral roll


    “In 2011, we removed 85,000 names of people who died from the electoral roll and within six months of the parliamentary select committee on electoral reform report released in April, we have cleaned up a total of 100,000 names,” said Wan Ahmad.

    He added that this was an ongoing process and some improvements had been made including a requirement for police to inform the National Registration Department (NRD) of deaths, which in turn is used to update EC’s database.

    He also accused political parties of not helping out with the electoral roll and instead exploit loopholes by taking advantage of lax rules on changing addresses with the NRD to shift voters for favourable demographics.

    Furthermore, he said the Elections (Registration of Electors) Regulations 2002 will be completely overhauled after the next general election to improve the voter registration process.

    EC has failed to ensure 21 days campaigning period

    “Previously it was only eight to nine days, but now we have guaranteed that it will be at least 11 days. This is not to say we will not meet this demand but we will decide reasonably when the time comes,” said Wan Ahmad.

    However, he added that Malaysia should not be compared to countries like Nigeria or Kenya where information flow is much slower, thus requiring significantly a longer campaigning period.

    EC failed to ensure free and fair access to media

    Wan Ahmad explained the the EC has the arduous task of attempting to convince the government on this.

    Acknowledging that allowing the opposition to only present its manifesto in public broadcast media may not be perfect, it was at least a beginning.

    EC has failed to reform postal voting


    “Previously 100 percent of army personnel vote through the post. Police, too, was almost 100 percent but the new advance voting is a big improvement.

    “Now, I estimate at least 80 percent of postal voters will be advance voting. Only an estimated 20 percent will be postal votes especially the police because they have to take care of security during the election,” he said.

    Advance voters may attempt to double vote

    He insisted that the indelible ink marked on advance voters will last at least two weeks.

    Furthermore, he said advance voters and regular voters are on separate electoral rolls and they cannot appear on both, thus making double voting impossible.

    “Who said we have not done anything?” he said.

    Wan Ahmad, who also took questions from civil society groups for an hour at the forum organised by the National Institute for Electoral Integrity, reiterated that the EC was committed to the reforms.

    “We know that the next election will be a hot one, if we fail, we are going to be scolded,” he said.

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    1. Registration of Electors 2002 is a regulation, not a law. Wan Ahmad is misleading the public.

    Poll registration law to go



    Patrick Lee
    October 20, 2012

    The EC will see that the regulation will be abolished and reviewed after the next general election.
    PETALING JAYA: After the next general election is over, the Election Commission (EC) will do away with a law that governs the registering of voters in Malaysia.


    Deputy EC chairman Wan Ahmad Wan Omar said that the Registration of Electors Regulations 2002 was littered with problems, causing many public complaints.


    “Next year, after we’re done with the election, we’re going to abolish the present law… The EC has decided that there will be a big working committee to go on every point of the law and to improve it,” he said.


    Wan Ahmad said that the law would then be reviewed in full, with help from the Attorney-General’s Chambers.


    He said this while speaking at a National Institute for Electoral Integrity (NIEI) forum today.

    Wan Ahmad said that Malaysia had the misfortune of having a very complex electoral roll, which he said had been “rolling” ever since the EC was formed in 1958.


    He added that at least 50% of the names present on today’s electoral roll had been registered before 2002. Before then, he said, voter registration was extremely loose.


    “…forms could be filled up without proper checking. There was no online registration checking. It was completely dependent on the declaration by the person who came to register,” he said.


    Wan Ahmad suggested that this was a reason why the electoral roll was so convoluted; a point of contention by various election watchdog groups in recent months.


    On top of that, he said that the EC had sacked 250 assistant registrars for not meeting with those they registered before putting them on the rolls.


    He added that there were 10.7 million registered voters in the 2004 general election, compared with 13.05 million now. As a result, Wan Ahmad hinted at a mountainous workload for the EC.


    He was also present at the NIEI event to hear the findings of a study that surveyed the accuracy of the current electoral roll.


    Study results


    NIEI acting chairman K Shan said that the study showed that 92% of the addresses surveyed were identified as valid. From this chunk, a further 74% were identified as recognisable voters.


    From this final group, the study determined that only 31% of the voters stayed in the addresses that they were registered under.


    The survey covered 2,400 respondents across 240 polling districts from 60 parliamentary constituencies.


    This, Shan said, had resulted in a false representation of the constituency, and would lead to a dilution of “voting wishes”.


    He added that the EC appeared to have a lack of auditing and verification exercises to deal with these matters.


    Wan Ahmad did not dispute this study, and even thanked NIEI for coming up with it.


    He said that he was going to fix a date where NIEI could discuss all parts of the study in detail.


    Wan Ahmad, however, stressed that it was not as easy to take care of the country’s electoral roll, enforce regulations and gear up for the polls at the same time.


    “The EC has a small secretariat, but to manage the elections for the whole country, my God,” he said.


    He pleaded for patience from Malaysians, especially from its civil society, implying that the EC was doing all it could to gear up for the coming election.


    Wan Ahmad also said that the EC was going to brief the public on registering overseas Malaysians as postal voters next month.


    Revealing little on the matter, he said, however, that overseas Malaysians needed to register as voters first, before they could cast their postal ballots.


    On election observers for the next general election, Wan Ahmad said that there would be six, three and nine different NGOs in place in the Peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak respectively.


    “We will be announcing them very soon,” he said.

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