Undi18 must be implemented as soon as possible, says Deputy Speaker

Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon. -filepic

PETALING JAYA: The Election Commission (EC) and National Registration Department (NRD) must implement Undi18 without delay, says Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon.

"I feel that it should be taken seriously by the NRD and EC to realise #Undi18 immediately," Mohd Rashid said on Instagram on Tuesday (March 30).

Mohd Rashid, who is also Batu Pahat MP, added that he hopes to see youths help to shape the nation together as future leaders.

Mohd Rashid was given a briefing on the laws with regard to the implementation of Undi18 by NRD (Identification Card) director Badrul Hisham Alias at the department's headquarters in Putrajaya.

"At the same time, I am also getting to know more in-depth the implementation of automatic registration under Undi18 through NRD's database including the department's cooperation with other agencies and EC on the matter," he added.

Moves to lower the voting age to 18 including automatic registration as well as qualifying them to contest as candidates for Parliament or state assemblies follows the passing of the Constitution (Amendment) Act 2019, also known as Undi18.

The Act was approved by the Dewan Negara in July 2019 and gazetted the following month after receiving assent from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

However, the date for implementation of the amendments has yet to be determined by the government.

In November, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan, who is responsible for law and Parliament, said the changes under the amendments could be executed at the latest by July this year, adding that the EC was working with the NRD towards implementing them.

On March 25, EC chairman Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh said automatic voter registration (AVR) and lowering of the voting age to 18 could only be realised by Sept 1 next year at the earliest as EC was facing constraints such as the movement control order.

This led many quarters, including federal ministers, to express dissatisfaction.

On Saturday (March 27), a group of youths dressed in black and white gathered peacefully in front of the Parliament building to push for the implementation of lowering the voting age to 18.

Police are investigating the gathering which was led by leaders from the Undi18 movement.

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