KUALA LUMPUR:The government may soon synchronise the databases of the National Registration Department and the Election Commission to streamline information pertaining to voters.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Zainal Abidin Zin said this was to overcome the problem of phantom voters as well as to ensure that voters did not cast their ballots at polling stations which had little or no relevance to them.
“Usually, when someone votes in a particular constituency, it must either be his birthplace or his registered residence, and the best way to determine this is to validate the address registered in the EC's roll against that in the NRD's records,” he said.
Speaking at his Hari Raya open house at his residence in Ampang Jaya yesterday, Zainal Abidin said the NRD had the most current residential data because the people were required to inform the department when they changed their addresses.
He said MyKad as well as the issuance of the new look birth certificates complete with MyKad numbers were part of the streamlining exercise.
NRD director-general Datuk Azizan Ayob, who attended the open house, said over three million MyKads had been issued from January 2001 to December 2002.
“The response from the public is very good because the card is issued free.
“we hope to process about 20,000 cards daily beginning from 2004 onwards,'' said Azizan.