Higher Education Ministry sets up committee to educate student voters

Noraini receiving a souvenir from EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Ghani Salleh after the signing ceremony

PUTRAJAYA: A Student Voter Education Empowerment Programme Committee will be set up to act as a platform in the implementation of voter education programmes involving higher education students, says Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad.

The Higher Education Minister said the committee would consist of Student Affairs and Alumni representatives from 20 public universities, polytechnic education departments and community colleges, Election Academy, as well as the Election Commission.

She said the committee would also be responsible to look into the effectiveness of the programme and to also make suggestions on the right mechanism to further enhance the implementation of the programme.

"With the existence of clear procedures, the targeted implementation of the voter education programmes to higher education students, as well as the hope to churn out holistic and balance graduates would be achieved," she said after signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) and cooperation note between public universities, polytechnic and community colleges and the Election Commission for the Voters Education Empowerment programme (Undi 18) here on Tuesday (Aug 16).

Noraini also said the MOU and the cooperation note between the implementation and the specialised parties was very much needed as part of a structural cooperation.

She also expressed hope that these voter education programmes could be expanded to private higher education institutions in line with the government's aspirations to produce university students who are knowledgeable, smart and mature.

The implementation of Undi18 and automatic voter registration has been gazetted and effective Dec 15, 2021.

This was stated in the Federal Government Gazette dated Dec 1, published by the Attorney-General's Chambers.

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