Don’t hide behind flimsy excuses, Bersih tells EC

Source: FMT News

Electoral watchdog hits out at Election Commission over the issue of automatic voter registration, telling it to get its act together. Image drawn from FMT News.

Electoral watchdog hits out at Election Commission over the issue of automatic voter registration, telling it to get its act together. Image drawn from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 says the Election Commission’s (EC) reasons for not implementing automatic voter registration are “flimsy” and “embarrassing” and only prove the commission’s incompetence.

The coalition also criticised the current system, which has led to almost four million eligible voters still not registered as voters.

It said the commission’s “appalling effort” in voter registration left much room for improvement.

Bersih’s statement today followed news of the EC’s decision not to implement automatic voter registration.

EC chairman Mohd Hashim Abdullah was reported to have said yesterday that the commission did not want to be blamed for any problems arising from changes related to voter registration. Read more

Malaysia not ready for automatic voter registration, EC chairman says

 

HAKAM Comment: What are these “extra-sensitive job scope of the Election Commission” and other factors which hold Malaysia back from having an automatic voter registration system?

Source: The Malay Mail Online

EC chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

EC chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, March 16 — The extra-sensitive job scope of the Election Commission is among the factors for Malaysia not being ready to implement the automatic voter registration system.

EC Chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah said the commission did not want to be blamed for any problems arising from any changes related to voter registration.

“There may be some things which we do not deem serious, but is taken seriously by certain parties. Especially when we make changes. If we are not prepared, but we proceed to do the changes, then many issues will arise,” he said.

Mohamad Hashim said this when appeared as a guest in the Slot Khas Ekspresi programme on Bernama Radio today, discussing the topic of “Voting and the Responsibility of a Citizen”.

He said although there had been calls for the EC to have an automatic voter registration system, the EC was confident that the present system was still efficient.  Read more