- DAP’s Ong Kian Ming has accused the Election Commission (EC) of not aggressively registering new voters
DAP’s Ong Kian Ming has accused the Election Commission (EC) of not aggressively registering new voters, especially younger ones as the said segment would not likely vote Barisan Nasional.
In a press statement, where the Serdang lawmaker cited an overall decrease in the number of new voters registered, Ong was also “highly suspicious” of the significant increase in the number of net voters in Terengganu.
The East Coast state registered 10,311 new voters in the second quarter of 2015.
Ong said it reminded him of the rapid increase in the number of new voters in Terengganu after BN lost control of the state government in 1999.
“One cannot help but ask if any government agencies such as Jasa are involved in registering new voters in Terengganu.”
Apart from Terengganu, Malacca and Sarawak also showed an increase in the number of newly registered voters with 496 and 4588 respectively.
He went on to call upon the commission to restore the right for political parties to register new voters through their Assistant Registrar Officers (AROs).
The DAP, Ong said, has shown in the past that it was capable of registering many new voters especially among the younger generation via its service centers, public events and voter registration initiatives at public places all over Malaysia.
The percentage of registrations by the DAP which are rejected by the Election Commission, he added, has never been significant which shows the party was more than able to carry out voter registration exercises in a responsible manner.
“If the EC fails to restore this right, it is yet another black mark on this supposedly independent institution and shows that the EC is not interested in allowing more Malaysians to participate in the electoral process.”
Earlier, Ong said statistics provided by the EC showed all states experiencing a decrease in the number of voters including Perak (-5303 voters), Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur (-3487 voters), Selangor (-3425 voters) and Kedah (- 2911 voters).
He said it was “ludicrous” that Selangor, the state with a growing population and the largest number of unregistered voters, would experience a nett decrease in the number of voters.
“The Election Commission is clearly not doing enough to register new voters.”