Awareness on voting system

How the system works: Rokiah holding up some posters that is being put up in public places around the state as part of their awareness campaign.

JOHOR BARU: The Election Commission has put up posters in public places statewide about the use of the indelible ink and on the voting process.

Its state director Rokiah Hanum Ibrahim said this was part of an awareness campaign for the public.

“The use of the indelible ink was compulsory and a ballot paper will only be given to those who were willing to have their finger marked with the ink,” she said.

On preparations for the next general election, she said the process is ongoing including the setting up of 909 polling centres statewide.

“We also expect at least 24,000 election workers who will be helping us with the election process in Johor,” Rokiah added.

She said that changes to voting locality, enquiries about changes of address and correction to gender or religion are among the top enquiries that the state election office received.

She said that many voters did not know that their records would only be updated once they informed the election commission after changing their address with the National Registration Depart-ment (NRD).

“This is not done automatically as some people may move to a new place but return to their earlier voting constituency to cast their ballot,” she said, adding that since early this year, they have received 1,093 complaints from the public on various issues.

Rokiah added that the EC would only make changes to the voting locality or even address once the voter had changed the address with the NRD.

“We will check through our online system with NRD before allowing for any changes to be made,” she said, adding that on changes with regards to address could be done at the post offices while changes to locality or changes to gender and religion would be at the state EC office.

“We will reject application if their address does not match with the records from the NRD,” she said in an interview.

On new voters, there was a 20% increase or 263,783 new voters in the state since the 2008 general election.

“Presently there are a total of 1,575,904 voters in the state as of our electoral roll which was gazetted on Aug 16,” she said.

Rokiah added that a big bulk of the voters in Johor were between 30 to 49 years old.

On elderly voters, she said that there were 5,361 voters above the age of 90 statewide.

“We have checked in the past and discovered that some of these voters could not be traced or may have left the country,” she said, adding that the onus was on the next of kin to inform the EC to update the records.

The Gelang Patah parliamentary constituency was the highest with 104,496 voters followed by Pulai (99,199 voters ) and Pasir Gudang (98,359 voters).

On the mix of male and female voters in the state, she said that despite a huge number of voters statewide, there was a good balance in almost all 26 parliaments statewide with men making up 49.99% and women 50.01%.

Commenting on advance voting centres, she said that at least 63 have been identified state-wide for uniformed personnel.

Those who wanted to check on their voting status or personal details could contact the state EC office at 07-2243516 or visit the EC’s website

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