EC Receives 235 Complaints Of Names Missing From Electoral Roll Since 2004

KUALA LUMPUR, May 8 (Bernama) — The Election Commission (EC) has received 235 complaints on names missing from the electoral roll since 2004 until March this year, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi told the Dewan Rakyat Thursday.

He said investigations by the EC found that the names of the complainants had been removed from the electoral roll.
This was due to several factors, like the status of the affected voters being doubtful and when checked with the National Registration Department found their identity card numbers were not in its data base, the numbers belonged to other persons or they (numbers) were that of deceased persons, he said in a written reply to a question from Sim Tong Him (DAP-Kota Melaka).
He said this was discovered when the EC referred the complaints to the National Registration Department to verify their status.
“From investigations by the National Registration Department, it was found that 72 of the cases were due to data errors and records at the department proved that they are Malaysians and their names eligible to be in the electoral roll,” he added.
He said in accordance with Regulation 25(1) of the Election Regulations (Voter Registration) 2002, the Chief Registrar had re-entered the names of 19 people in 2004, 17 in 2007 and 36 this year.
Abdullah said the National Registration Department also verified the names of 149 others with prima facie evidence to prove their Malaysian citizenship and their names were eligible to be registered in the electoral roll.
“Action will be taken by the Chief Registrar to re-enter the names of the 149 people in the second quarter of 2008, while the remaining 14 cases are being investigated to determine their eligibility to be voters,” he added.