PETALING JAYA: Rejecting the Covid-19 pandemic as an excuse to delay the implementation of Undi18, MCA has launched an online petition to call on the Election Commission (EC) to ensure voters who come of age are automatically registered as voters and be allowed to vote.
The petition on change.org was launched at Wisma MCA yesterday by party spokesperson, Mike Chong Yew Chuan.
Chong said the petition came after MCA Youth submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission, and the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law) Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan, on April 1, urging for amendments to lower the voting age to 18 to be implemented without further delay.
Chong said the pandemic and the ensuing movement control are not reasons to postpone the implementation of Undi18 as the matter had obtained unanimous support in Parliament in July 2019.
“Therefore, the commission should resolve any issues that hinder the implementation of this motion, instead of looking for excuses to evade responsibility, ” said Chong, who added that failure to implement this amendment is an insult to the Parliament.
Chong urged the EC to put in more effort in ensuring the implementation of Undi18 as failure to do so could undermine the government’s image.
“This is a situation where the EC cannot evade carrying out its responsibilities, ” he added.
The EC recently said Undi18 and the automatic voter registration can only be realised by Sept 1,2022 at the earliest as it was facing constraints brought about by the pandemic following widespread calls from activists and civil society organisations for the government to expedite the matter.
EC chairman Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh had said that based on its records, the number of Malaysians aged 18 and above is 5.6 million, of which 1.2 million are aged between 18 and 20 years.
There are also 4.4 million individuals aged 21 and above who are eligible to vote, but have yet to register as voters.