Amendments enable more than half the population to vote in GE15

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  • Sunday, 30 Jun 2019

PETALING JAYA: More than half the population will be eligible to vote in the next general election if amendments are passed to reduce the minimum voting age to 18, according to the government.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong said that once they are approved, the country will get an additional 3.8 million new voters, raising the total number of eligible voters to 18.8 million for the 15th general election (GE15) due by 2023.

“This will mean that more than 50% of the total 32 million citizens will be eligible to vote,” he said after opening the Silverton Capital and Unicorn Hub in Damansara Utama here yesterday.

Silverton was created to draw foreign investment while the Unicorn Hub was set up to provide affordable co-working space for young entre­preneurs and start-up companies.Liew hoped that opposition MPs would also support the motion to amend the law, as a two-thirds majority was necessary for the amendments to be passed.

Liew said the Pakatan Harapan government was nine MPs short of passing the amendments.

On the special motion to compel all lawmakers to declare their properties to the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission, Liew said only a simple majority was needed to pass it in the Dewan Rakyat.

He called on Pakatan MPs to turn up in full force when the special motion is tabled in Parliament tomorrow.

However, he said they have yet to ascertain the nature of punishment for those who fail to declare their assets.

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