PEKAN: Umno division and branch leaders now know the importance of updating the electoral roll and are working extra hard to get all their members registered as voters.
Vice-president Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak said the exercise to update and register Umno members as voters was still going on but he hoped it would be completed soon.
He said initial projections showed that about 400,000 Umno members had yet to register themselves as voters.
However, he added, he had received good feedback from the divisions which were now aware of the importance of updating and registering their members as voters.
Najib, who chairs the partys membership and voter registration committee said all branch and divisional leaders had been instructed to prepare their reports for the Umno supreme council which meets here on Jan 25.
I hope the reports submitted will be ready by then to enable the council members to scrutinise the list, he said after opening the Kampung Tanjung Selangor community hall in Kuala Pahang, near here, yesterday.
Najib, who is also Pekan MP, said the party discussed with the Election Commision on the possibility to update registered voters who had since shifted.
He said Umno had information there are some 2.8 million registered voters who had different addresses on their identification card.
It is a norm for someone to move out from a place, but what Umno is trying to keep check on is the mass migration of voters for political reasons, he said
Najib said these groups were phantom voters, adding that the commission would update information on the voters every three months.