Keng Yaik: Correct roll before polls

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  • Sunday, 19 Jan 2003


KUALA LUMPUR: The Barisan Nasional will be at a disadvantage if the general election is called before the electoral roll is scrutinised, Gerakan president Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik said. 

Speaking to reporters after chairing the party’s monthly central committee meeting at Wisma PGRM, yesterday, Lim said it would be “alarming for the Barisan to go to elections” before the roll was corrected. 

“I will raise this in the Barisan (meeting) - that we must be satisfied that the electoral list is corrected before we go to the general election,” he said. 

Lim said cleaning up the electoral roll was more important than the outcome of the Election Commission’s re-delineation exercise. 

It was reported last Thursday that the Election Commission would submit a report on the newly created parliamentary and state seats to the Prime Minister next month, after which the proposals were expected to be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat in March. 

Commission secretary Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar had said that the updated rolls for the current 504 state and 194 parliamentary seats as well as the proposed new seats would be on display in the second stage nationwide.  

The updated rolls would be displayed for a month before being submitted to the Government for clearance. 

Lim said a lot of discrepancies had shown up in the electoral roll, but he was confident the roll would be cleaned up if Barisan component parties did their “homework” well. 

“We cannot expect the SPR (Election Commission) to do it. They don’t have the resources that the Barisan has,” he said, declining however to say how widespread the discrepancies were. 

He said Gerakan was also studying the proposed re-delineation exercise by the Election Commission, and was preparing to reorganise itself according to the new constituencies in preparation for the general election. 

Asked if the Barisan component parties were also ready to talk about seat allocation, he said that would be left to Barisan chairman Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad, adding: “The Barisan should not build up election fever yet.”  

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