The Star: EC: We are prepared if polls held this year

KUALA TERENGGANU: The Election Commission is prepared for a general election if it is held this year, its deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar said.
He said 190,000 officers have been appointed nationwide and briefings on preparations for the polls have been organised.

“Courses and campaigns are organised frequently to ensure that elections proceed smoothly, whenever they may be called,” he said here yesterday.
Wan Ahmad said 4.82 million Malaysians out of 15.2 million eligible to vote have not registered as voters.
He said the EC would continue to reach out to this group to get them to register through awareness campaigns.
“Probably, they are not interested or are just lazy to register as voters but we hope to get them to exercise their rights as citizens,” he said, adding that the EC would work closely with political parties to disseminate the message to unregistered voters.
Wan Ahmad said Selangor topped the list with highest number of unregistered voters with 700,000, followed by Johor (600,000), Kuala Lumpur (300,000), Sarawak (360,000), Kedah (285,000), Terengganu (75,000) and Kelantan (197,000).
On claims by opposition parties that names of the deceased have not been omitted from the electoral roll, Wan Ahmad reiterated that this was an “old issue.”
He said that for the first three months of this year, 38,097 names were removed from the roll due to death and the surrender of citizenship.
“The names were removed after confirmation with the National Registration Department and police,” he said.