Check voting locality with EC, newly-registered voters urged

KUCHING: Voters in the state, especially newly-registered ones, have been urged to check their voting locality with the Election Commission (EC) to verify that it matches the addresses in their MyKads.

Sarawak PKR vice-chairman See Chee How said he had come across a case of a newly-registered voter whose MyKad address is Jalan Stephen Yong in Batu Kawa here but her voting locality, according to the EC’s website, is in Kampung Pulat, Kelantan.

According to the printout of the website, the Kampung Pulat voting locality is in the state constituency of Nenggiri and parliamentary constituency of Gua Musang.

See said he called the EC on Tuesday to inform them about the matter and was told that it was an error on their part.

“The EC admitted that it was their mistake in keying in the data and they agreed to rectify it in two weeks.

“They also admitted that a number of new voters in Kuching had been mistakenly moved to voting districts in Kelantan,” he said here yesterday.

As such, he urged voters to go to the EC’s website at to check that they have not been moved to another voting district.

“If it is proven, like in this case, that it is the EC’s mistake, they will rectify it and voters will still be able to vote in the general election.”

He added that the EC should also take the initiative to remind voters to check their status.

Meanwhile, PKR Women’s wing national vice-chief Voon Shiak Ni said the restrictions on postal voting meant that many Malay-sians living and working overseas would be deprived of the right to vote.

She said this was because the EC had announced that Malaysians living in south Thailand, Singapore, Brunei and Kalimantan would not be eligible for postal voting but must return home to vote.

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