‘Help us clean up electoral roll’

28 December, 2007

PUTRAJAYA: The Election Commission is appealing to the next-of-kin of voters who have died to submit their death certificates or burial permits so that it could clean up the electoral roll. The commission’s public relations officer Sabri Said said yesterday that they could mail the certificates or permits to the EC.

“If this cannot be done, they can always fax them or come personally to any of our branch offices or our headquarters in Putrajaya.”
Sabri said complaints of discrepancies had been received against the electoral rolls of 21 constituencies involving 39,868 voters.
An inquiry had been carried out in four constituencies, involving 11,118 voters, of which 7,745 were new voters and the remaining were those who had changed their addresses.
The four are Marang, Pekan, Rompin and Sungai Besar.
The inquiry for these constituencies ended on Dec 19, and yesterday the EC gazetted the electoral rolls for them.
With this, Sabri said the number of registered voters in the country now stood at 10,820,650.
The inquiry, however, is still being carried out on the remaining 17 constituencies with 28,750 suspect voters.
Sabri said the electoral rolls for these areas needed to be verified before they were endorsed in the third quarter of next year.
The constituencies are Tumpat, Pengkalan Chepa, Kota Baru, Pasir Mas, Rantau Panjang, Kubang Kerian, Bachok, Ketereh, Tanah Merah, Pasir Puteh, Machang, Jeli and Kuala Krai in Kelantan.
The others are Kuala Nerus, Dungun and Kuala Terengganu in Terengganu and Bera in Pahang.
For enquiries, the EC can be contacted at 03-88856500.
Sabri also said registered voters were encouraged to check the EC central electoral roll so that mistakes, if there were any, could be rectified.
Corrections should be e-mailed to [email protected] or they can come personally to any of the EC branch offices or its headoffice.
EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman had said recently that in cases of people who had died a long time ago, there was a need for the commission to verify the fact before removing their names.
“We have had people telling us that so-and-so is dead without showing any proof.
“We cannot take action based on such information. We need some sort of proof like death certificates before we can remove the names.”