Book on electoral issues

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 25 Jul 2012

PUTRAJAYA: Despite a general perception that an odd number in the last digit of one's MyKad are usually given to men, the Election Commission (EC) is dispelling the notion.

This was among 10 issues highlighted by the commission in its latest bilingual book published to address doubts raised against the integrity of the electoral roll.

EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said the National Registration Department (NRD) has confirmed that it was not a necessary procedure to issue MyKad numbers ending with odd number for males or even number for females.

“As long as the identity card presented to the EC is valid and is confirmed by the NRD, we will accept it.

“We cannot simply reject a voter just because the last digit of a voter's MyKad presumably does not match with a numeral system which spells one's gender. This is not even true,” Abdul Aziz told reporters before hosting a buka puasa event here yesterday.

Among other issues that were addressed in the 24-page book included the suspicion of phantom voters arising from more postal electorates among members of the armed forces and their family members.

Abdul Aziz said 10,000 copies of the book, which is the second of such a publication released by the EC since April, would be distributed to various political parties, government agencies, the media and NGOs.

The commission also explained that the three million non-residents listed in the electoral roll referred to those who were no longer residing at their original address at the time of registration with the NRD.

When these people turn up at the constituency where they no longer reside, said Abdul Aziz, they are commonly labelled as phantom voters.

“In this context, the EC would like to stress that it has no direct authority to compel the electors, who have moved to their new places of residence, to apply for a change of address and thereby polling centres.

“As long as an elector chooses not to apply for a change of address, the EC has no right or the authority to change his address or his polling centre,” the book said.

Abdul Aziz also urged voters to check their particulars and voting status on the EC website before Aug 1.

If there are no objections to the electoral roll by then, he said the commission might gazette the list by the end of the next month.

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