She's a voter in Kelantan, although she's never registered

13 February, 2008

SHAH ALAM: A 35-year-old housewife, who has lived all her life in Selangor, is fuming over a discrepancy in the electoral roll which lists her as a voter in Kelantan. Sharmila Thuraisingam, who lodged a complaint with the Selangor Electoral Commission, said she had never set foot in Kelantan and was puzzled by the error.
The former lawyer said her husband discovered the discrepancy a few months before the 2004 election and had tried to get the error amended but to no avail.
“He learnt about it when he checked my election status over the Internet that year and we were shocked to discover that I was listed as a voter in Kubang Kerian.”
Sharmila, who had never registered as a voter, said the EC should investigate the abnormality.
“We pointed out the error to the EC in December and they promised to look into it but I am still listed as a voter in Kelantan.”
Fearful that she might be deprived of her right to vote in the upcoming election, Sharmila lodged a report with the Subang Jaya police station on Jan 2.
She attempted to rectify the mistake at the post office in Section 15 in Subang Jaya on Jan 12.
“They said nothing could be done because I was registered as a voter in Kelantan, so I asked them to change my address, a process which should take two weeks.”
However, checks online on Feb 10 indicated that she was still a voter in Kelantan.
“I am flabbergasted that they are taking the error lightly and I would prefer they remove my name from the election roll if they cannot change my address.”
Sharmila said the move would prevent any impersonators from using her particulars to vote in Kelantan.
Also at the press conference yesterday were representatives from Bersih, a non-government organisation which seeks free and fair elections.
A memorandum highlighting Sharmila’s case along with allegations that 104 voters aged 100 and above were listed in the electoral roll in Selangor was handed to the state’s Election Commission director Jailani Abdul Majid.
Jailani said he needed time to look into the allegations before making any comments.