Amanah Youth lodges nationwide police reports against EC

Source: FMT News

Members of youth wing allege that certain quarters, alarmed by the rise in new voters, are trying to interfere with access to information, with the help of the EC. Pic from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: Members of Amanah’s Youth wing, fearing possible interference in the registration of new voters, have lodged police reports, calling for the Election Commission (EC) to be probed.

In a press conference outside the Dang Wangi police headquarters here today, Federal Territories Amanah Youth chief Nik Abdul Razak said 14 police reports had been lodged nationwide against the EC.

“The first quarter of 2017 shows that there is a 500% rise in new voter registration and a change of voting addresses, compared to the same quarter in previous years. Read more

Highly suspect new voters in Melaka marginal seats — Bersih Statement

Statement Dated 25 April 2017

BERSIH 2.0 has discovered an attempt to cheat in the upcoming elections through the ‘transfer’ of voters in the 2016 fourth quarter supplementary electoral roll for Melaka in the marginally won federal constituency of Bukit Katil and one of its state constituencies, Bukit Baru.download

  1. In Bukit Baru, there were a total of 73 new voters registered to two addresses:

    i.                 32 at No. 1, Jalan SJ 1, Taman Saujana Jaya, Bukit Katil (above); and

    ii.                41 at Batu 4½, Kampung Bukit Beruang (no house number given).

  2. In Bachang, another state constituency under the Bukit Katil federal seat, 46 new voters registered their address as Batu 21/2 Solok Musai, without giving any house/building number.

    These figures are significantly higher than the average number of new voters in other areas, giving rise to the likelihood of a deliberate and coordinated effort to influence the likely electoral result for the two affected constituencies that were marginally won in the previous election: the Bukit Baru state seat by only 48 votes (0.2%) and the Bukit Katil federal seat by 5,733 votes (6.6%).

    This is not only happening in Melaka but also in Johor and Selangor, as exposed by state assembly representatives Tan Hong Pin and Ng Suee Lin respectively in February 2017.

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Bersih: More suspect new voters found in marginal seats

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Bersih 2.0 co-chairman Maria Chin says that the discovery of suspect new voters strengthened the group’s suspicion of a ‘political attempt’ to influence the 14th general election results. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the MMO.

Bersih 2.0 co-chairman Maria Chin says that the discovery of suspect new voters strengthened the group’s suspicion of a ‘political attempt’ to influence the 14th general election results. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the MMO.

PETALING JAYA, April 25 ― More suspect new voters have been discovered in constituencies won by the Opposition with slim majority in the last general election, Bersih 2.0 alleged today.

The polsl reform group said its investigation found a highly suspicious transfer of a significant number of voters in the Bukit Katil federal seat and one of its state constituencies, Bukit Baru, in Malacca.

Bersih 2.0 co-chairman Maria Chin told reporters here that the discovery strengthened the group’s suspicion of a “political attempt” to influence the 14th general election results to favour the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.

“These figures are significantly higher than the average number of new voters in other areas, giving rise to the likelihood of a deliberate and coordinated effort to influence the likely electoral result for the two affected constituencies,” she said.

According to Bersih 2.0, there were a total of 73 new voters registered to two addresses in Bukit Baru while in Bukit Katil, 46 voters were said to have been registered to a single address. Read more

Ong: EC wasting everyone’s time in new voter objections

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DAP's Ong Kian Ming says Election Commission regulations allow it to strike off 'baseless and groundless' objections, which deprive legitimate voters their rights. Pic from FMT News.

DAP’s Ong Kian Ming says Election Commission regulations allow it to strike off ‘baseless and groundless’ objections, which deprive legitimate voters their rights. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: A visit to the Election Commission’s Selangor branch yesterday revealed the pure waste of time and resources by all concerned just to cater for the dubious objections against newly-registered voters, says Ong Kian Ming.

The DAP national election strategist had visited the EC’s Selangor branch in Shah Alam with his party colleague Lee Kee Hiong, who is also the state assemblyman for Kuala Kubu Baru, to observe the objection process yesterday.

“From our interviews with the newly-registered voters who were there, it was clear that the grounds for the objections against them were groundless and baseless,” Ong said in a statement released last night.

“Voters in the P103 Puchong parliament seat were objected to based on the reason of ‘pemilih diragui’ or ‘doubtful voter’ even though there was no further proof given as to why this voter was consider as ‘doubtful’. Read more

EC must protect the right of all overseas Malaysians to vote in GE-14 – Global Bersih Statement

Global Bersih is a non-profit organization established under the Swiss  Civil Code which aims to support Malaysian civil society’s efforts to
strengthen Malaysia’s maturing democracy using peaceful action, with  emphasis on the citizens’ right to a free and fair elections which is
ethical, impartial and transparent in all its stages of its  administration and implementation.

Global Bersih

Global Bersih

Press Statement

22 March 2017

The Electoral Commission must uphold the right of Malaysians overseas to vote in the upcoming General Elections (GE14) by taking all appropriate and necessary actions to enfranchise overseas Malaysians in accessing their right to vote, and to ensure a smooth process in registering overseas voters and implementing advance voting ballots for postal voters. There are approximately 1.4 million Malaysians living overseas (source: World Bank).

Under Section 2 of the Election (Registration of Electors) Regulations 2002, overseas Malaysians registered as an ‘ordinary elector’ must return to Malaysia to vote, whereas Malaysian students and civil servants based overseas can register as ‘absentee voters’ to be eligible for postal voting. However, this process enables only a portion of overseas Malaysians to participate in the elections process, as not many are able to afford the cost of travel. Furthermore, most embassies do not allow overseas Malaysians to register as ‘ordinary electors’ owing to lack of information and understanding. Read more

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

Backlog mountain: The process of registering four million new voters

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 12 ― Recent statistics have revealed that there are 4,060,339 Malaysians who have yet to register as voters, according to the Election Commission (EC).

EC chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah said that the commission has been vigorously trying to increase efforts to register more voters since the beginning of last year.

He pointed there was an increase of voter registrations in the third quarter of last year, attributing this scenario to the several campaigns conducted by the EC and other parties.

“The EC expects more registrations to flow in during this period as talks of a possible general election heats up,” he told Malay Mail Online.

The next general election is due by June 2018.

According to statistics by the National Registration Department (NRD), there are more than 18 million Malaysians above the age of 21 as of the third quarter of 2016. Read more

EC denies ethnically-targeted objections against new voters

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Ethnic Chinese seen at the Election Commission’s office in Shah Alam to verify themselves as eligible voters. — Picture courtesy of Elaine Lee, taken from MMO.

Ethnic Chinese seen at the Election Commission’s office in Shah Alam to verify themselves as eligible voters. — Picture courtesy of Elaine Lee, taken from MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, March 11 — The Election Commission has rejected allegations that specific communities were being singled out using objections against their registrations as new voters.

EC chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah said all objections or registrations for new voters are done in accordance with Article 119 of the Federal Constitution and without any discrimination.

“When there is an objection, the EC will process it fairly without looking at his or her voting area, age, gender or religion.

“Registrations that have been objected involved all races, and not limited to any one race,” he told Malay Mail Online.

Malay Mail Online had earlier reported of one such incident, involving a Chinese woman’s boyfriend in Selangor.

She had claimed that there were mostly Chinese Malaysians at the EC’s office in Shah Alam, who received objection letters to be voters when they went to the office Monday morning.   Read more

Bersih: Voter registration challenges open to abuse

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Bersih 2.0’s chairman Maria Chin Abdullah— Picture by Saw Siow Feng, taken from Malay Mail Online.

Bersih 2.0’s chairman Maria Chin Abdullah— Picture by Saw Siow Feng, taken from Malay Mail Online.

KUALA LUMPUR, March 11 — The Election Commission’s (EC) system to object against dubious registrants can be exploited to disenfranchise new voters, said a polls watchdog group following claims that specific communities were currently being targeted.

Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah pointed out the system was vulnerable to abuse as there is currently no threshold to lodge an objection against new voters beyond plain “suspicion”.

“You just stand in front of the judge and he will ask why are you objecting, and then you say ‘Oh, I think this person is not staying at that address,’” Maria explained, adding no other information beyond that was required.

A complainant only has to pay RM10 to lodge each objection and may file up to 20 such complaints under the Elections (Registration Of Electors) Regulations 2002. None of the complaints need to be accompanied by any form of evidence.

Although the process to strike out unfounded objections is straightforward, it still requires the person flagged as a dubious registrant to take the time and attend the proceedings. Those who do not are struck from the rolls and may not take part in elections until they are restored.

Maria said the authorities should at least perform some rudimentary vetting of the objection filings to ensure those that do reach the Elections Court are of some substance.

“There should be more safeguards to scrutinise this. The regulations need to be tightened,” she told Malay Mail Online. Read more

Ploy to prevent new voter registrations in Selangor — Bersih Press Statement

Bersih 2.0 press statement

8 March 2017

downloadPloy to prevent new voter registrations in Selangor

BERSIH 2.0 is alarmed at what appears to be a strategic if not deliberate attempt by certain parties to disenfranchise voters through exploiting the voter objection provision in the Elections (Registration of Electors) Regulations 2002, which allows for objections to new registrations.

The objection provision in the Regulations is in place to weed out phantom voters but unfortunately the recent trend in objections may give rise to a misperception that there is a conscious, racially-targeted effort to block new voters from registering.

Once objected, the new voters need to be present at the EC office for an enquiry and prove that they are a legitimate voter in the constituency. BERSIH 2.0 staff and volunteers spent two hours at EC’s office in Shah Alam on 6 March 2017 to monitor and witness for themselves over 20 newly registered voters turn up at the Election Commission (EC) Selangor Office to face their objectors. An EC official informed BERSIH 2.0 that they hear 100 cases per day.  Read more