Wednesday January 9, 2008
KOTA KINABALU: The Election Commission is confident that the electoral roll is now free of dubious voters.
Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rahman Abdul Rashid said his office had deleted from the rolls thousands of names of non-citizens and people who had died.
Detailed cross-checking of voters’ names with the National Registration Department should result
in “phantom voters” being removed from the rolls, he said after opening a two-day briefing here for civil servants involved in assisting in the next general election.
Abdul Rashid said the commission’s efforts in cleaning up the rolls were hampered by the attitude of those that failed to report the deaths of voters.
He said the public should refrain from hurling baseless accusations against the commission.
He said those dissatisfied with the commission should instead refer their grouses to his office.
“However, any allegation must be substantiated with evidence,” he added.
Fears about the rolls being tainted with phantom voters have been growing since 2001 when the High Court ordered former chief minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee to vacate the Likas state assembly seat he won in the 1999 polls, after ruling that the electoral roll for the constituency was illegal.
Justice Muhammad Kamil Awang said he was convinced that the rolls for the Likas seat were tainted with the inclusion of non-citizens and phantom voters.
EC: Electoral roll all clean now