Monday, April 16, 2007

Register By August For Eligibility
To Vote If Election Before December

KUALA LUMPUR, April 16 (Bernama) -- Malaysians who have yet to register as voters have until August to do so to be eligible to vote in the next general election if it is to be held towards the end of the year.

Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman said this was because it took three to four months before the names can be included in the electoral roll.

"After August, I cannot guarantee that the names can be included in the electoral roll if the election is held towards the end of the year," he told a press conference after launching a nationwide campaign to register new voters here, Monday.

Abdul Rashid said there were about 4.9 million Malaysians eligible to vote who had yet to register with the EC, of which 80 per cent are urban youths aged from 21 to 30 years.

Selangor had the highest number of people who had not registered to be voters at 745,515, followed by Johor at 583,000 and Perak 410,000.

Asked if the campaign was a hint that the election was very near, Abdul Rashid said: "It is all in the hands of the party in power. It reserves the right to call for an election anytime before its five-year term is up. We are preparing ourselves should it be called before the year is out."

The last general election was held in March 2004 and under the Westminster system practised here, the government need not call for one until March 2009.



I did register myself as a voter in late 1970s. I voted in a general election (GE) for the first time in early 1980s. But you? What are guys going to do? What excuse do you have for not registering yourselves as voters soon after your 21st birthday? You don’t need to? Why? Because you are already feeling secured and comfortable? Are you sure?

But, when exactly is the 12th GE going to be held? July or August 2007? Or the latest, before April 2009? I asked this question since people are now speculating about it. Most of them said, the next GE may be in July 2007? Some others said, possibly in August 2007. Anyhow, my toyol [informer] said, the best bet is July or August 2007! What say you Mr. Prime Minister? – Ruhanie Ahmad

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