Half a million voters struck off roll

30 January, 2008

ALOR STAR: The Election Commission has removed about half a million names of voters, mostly those confirmed dead, from the electoral roll. This means the total number of people eligible to vote in the next general election is 10.83 million, said EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman.

He said the names deleted were those who were confirmed dead or those who had lost their right to vote based on check with the National Registration Department (NRD) or through direct checks by the EC.
Speaking after attending a briefing for returning officers and their assistants here yesterday, Rashid said despite efforts to rid the roll of those who had died, he was certain some names of deceased voters could still be on it.
“This is because we have not received confirmation from the NRD but I am confident the number is very small.”
He said the commission was also in the process of gazetting the list of about 17,000 new voters who had registered in the last quarter of last year.
“An opposition party had strongly protested against some registered in Kedah, Kelantan and Selangor.
“Those whose names are not on the protest list may be eligible to vote in the general election.”