Pua: EC restricting voter registration in Selangor

By Rahmah Ghazali (FMT)
KUALA LUMPUR: Petaling Jaya Utara DAP MP Tony Pua today accused the Election Commission of restricting opposition political parties from registering new voters especially in Selangor – the state with the most number of unregistered voters.
Speaking to reporters in Parliament today, Pua said the EC has set a quota to the number of forms allowed for a political party starting June despite the exceeding number of unregistered voters.
According to Pua, who is also the national publicity secretary in charge of voters registration, Selangor receives 6,000 of forms from the EC headquarters each month but only 1,000 are allocated for each political party.
“For DAP alone, we usually register about 2,000 to 3,000 new voters in Selangor each month but how could we do that when there is a limit of 1,000 forms only?” asked Tony.
He accussed the commission of trying to reduce the number of voters in Selangor.
“There are 787,000 unregistered voters in Selangor and this contradicts with EC’s effort to increase the number of voters,” he said.
To make matters worse, Pua added that the party’s assistant registrars were only given 50 forms each time they go the EC office personally.
“Sometimes, they come back empty-handed,” he said. “It is a strange situation as it only happens in Selangor and not in other states, though they are led by Pakatan Rakyat.
“We have checked with other Pakatan states like Penang but it does not seem to have a shortage problem. This is the first time we have heard of such quota,” he said.
No replacement registrars
While scrutinising EC’s role in restricting the number of new voters, Pua further questioned the delay in providing the party with new assistant registrars to replace the ‘non-performing’ ones.
“We have 22 assistant registrars and the EC had earlier this year said that they wanted to increase the number to 110 but this has been postponed indefinitely.
“And we told the EC that out of the 22 assistants, some are active and some are not. We told the EC we needed replacements for the non-active ones but the EC refused and said there will be no changes until the end of the year,” said Pua.
According to him, the EC has announced that it would provide the assistant registrars in February.