New voters: EC accused of sabotage

By B Nantha Kumar (Free Malaysia Today)
KOTA BAHARU: PKR Youth has alleged that the Election Commission (EC) is sabotaging the registration of new voters.
“We can clearly see it as an act of sabotage. They have deferred the approval of assistant voter registeration officers (ARO) and it is also difficult for constituents to secure registration forms,” said its chief Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin to the media yesterday.
Shamsul said the EC had frozen the party’s application to register assistant registeration officers.
“This is a serious problem which we are facing nationwide. The state EC officers are saying its a directive from Putrajaya” he said, adding that PKR Youth was giving the EC a week to resolve the problem.
The PKR Youth congress last Friday approved a motion to urge EC chief Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof to resign immediately following allegations of voter-manoeuvring in the Hulu Selangor and Sibu by-elections.

‘Time for Bersih Part 2’

Seri Setia assemblyman Nik Nazmi Nik Mat, who was also present at the media conference, said it was time for “Pakatan Rakyat to hold ‘Bersih’ part two”.
“The EC is looking for excuses to sack assistant registration officers representing PKR. Their latest move was when the Selangor EC sacked the Petaling Jaya Utara assistant registrar.
“Every time we ask for 1000 registration forms, they give us 100 and their reason each time is that they don’t have enough,” said Nik Nazmi who was interjected by Shamsul with a quip “’s ok .. we’ll get them to give us the money and we’ll print more forms for them instead.”
Nik Nazmi also questioned the delay in EC’s voter gazetting process.
“It’s taken more then 6 months to gazzete the new voters. This is something absurd. The are more than 4.5 million Malaysians who have still not registered themselves as voters.
“There is an urgency to this and we hope the EC will resolve the matter quickly,” he said.