*MEDIA STATEMENT (4 March 2015)* *EC must re-appoint assistant registrar officers (ARO) for voter registration* The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH 2.0) demands the Election Commission (EC) re-appoint assistant registrar officers (AROs) from political parties and non-governmental organisations to allow for the comprehensive registration of voters on the electoral roll. With an estimated four million Malaysians reaching the voting age of 21 bythe next general election, the EC must explain why it is restricting thisfundamental process. There has been a net decrease in the number of voters in the first quarter of 2014 since the EC refused to renew the status of many of these AROs at the end of 2013. The first quarter of 2013 saw the number of voters on the electoral roll impressively rose by over 100,000 voters, mainly due to voter registration efforts by these AROs. The EC has explained to DAP MP for Serdang (see attached letter), that the halt in new appointments is to accommodate its current streamlining of methods of registering voters. If so, could the EC further clarify who is currently tasked with voter registration, particularly to shed light on how is it that Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin could, in December last year, urge Barisan Nasional component parties to be more aggressive in registering new voters?(http://www.thesundaily.my/news/1260300) For one, are government agencies, such as Jabatan Hal Ehwal Khas (JASA), still authorised to carry out voter registration programmes? BERSIH 2.0 further reiterates the most efficient mechanism for full suffrage is an Automatic Voter Registration System, which makes use of the National Registration Department’s database. However, if the EC continues to reject this method, it must utilise all resources at its disposal to ensure every eligible Malaysian is on the electoral roll. Issued by, *The Steering Committee of BERSIH 2.0, which consists of -* *Chairperson: Maria Chin Abdullah; Deputy Chairperson: Sarajun Hoda Abdul Hassan; Treasurer: Masjaliza Hamzah; national representatives: Assoc. Prof. Dr Abdul Halim bin Yusof, Farhana binti Abdul Halim, Fadiah Nadwa Fikri and New Sin Yew; vice-chairpersons: Jannie Lasimbang (Sabah), Ahmad b. Awang Ali (Sarawak), Abd Halim b. Wan Ismail (East Peninsula), Thomas Fann (South Peninsula), Simon Lee Ying Wai (Central Peninsula) and Dato’ Dr Toh Kin Woon (North Peninsula).*