Eligible voters at 10.83m after 500,000 names removed

By Noor Adzman Baharuddin

29 January, 2008
The Election Commission has removed the names of 500,000 voters from the electoral roll that would be used in the coming general election, its chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman said today. The names comprised the confirmed dead or those who lost their rights to vote based on checks with the National Registration Department or through checks by the commission.

The total number of eligible voters gazetted last November is 10.83 million,” he told reporters after attending a briefing for returning officers and their assistants here yesterday.
Despite efforts to delete the names of the dead, Abdul rashid was certain that some names of deceased voters could still be on it because no confirmation had been received.
“But I am confident the number is very small,” he said. “However, I assure you that nobody could pose as a dead elector and get away with it. It has never happened before and if they are such cases, there must be proof. Otherwise, we will not entertain any claims.”
The commission, Abdul Rashid said, was gazetting the list of 17,000 new voters who registered in the last quarter of last year.
“An opposition party had strongly protested the list of names registered in Kedah, Kelantan and Selangor. Those whose names are not on the protest list may be eligible to vote in the general election,” he said.