KUALA LUMPUR: The Election Commission (EC) has advised voters to check their polling details at least one week before polling day of the 14th General Election (GE14).
It Election Academy strategic management programme head Khadijah Ishak said the move is to avoid any problems with their polling stations.
She said the problems anticipated include a change of the polling station, especially for those who had changed their home address.
She said that if the redelineation of electoral boundaries was passed by the Dewan Rakyat and applied in GE14, there could be changes in the polling stations for some voters.
“For instance, a person who voted in School A previously may have to vote in School B or School C if the new electoral boundaries are applied. So, he or she cannot expect to vote in School A this time. That is why a check must be done."
She said the checks could be done through the My SPR Semak mobile app, or telephone number 03-88927018, or at any state election office, the EC official portal or through SMS, by typing SPR followed by the IC number and sending an SMS to 15888.
“Checking is the responsibility of the voter, to make it easier on polling day,” Khadijah told Bernama after appearing as a guest on the "Nine11" programme on Bernama News Channel here Monday (March 19).
She said the EC had checklists at the polling stations, but voters could only check on their polling streams, not the electoral rolls.
She added that EC chairman Tan Sri Mohd Hashim Abdullah would launch a campaign to check the electoral rolls at Universiti Malaysia Perlis on Wednesday (March 21) to enhance public awareness on the responsibility to vote.
“The main objective of the campaign is to increase public awareness of the importance of voting and to obtain the target of 85% voter turnout in GE14,” she said.
As of the fourth quarter of 2017, the EC recorded 14,968,304 registered voters. - Bernama