Two weeks to the polls, already 80 discrepancies in electoral roll


Modified 24 Apr 2018, 9:26 am

LETTER | The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) has today submitted a report to the Election Commission regarding over 80 public complaints which we have received since the dissolution of Parliament on April 7, 2018, related to the electoral roll, which put into question the roll’s integrity.

The complaints we have received are as follows:

These complaints have been independently verified by Bersih by cross-checking the current and older versions of the electoral roll.

We demand the EC explain these discrepancies and take urgent action to protect the integrity of the electoral roll before polling day on May 9, 2018.

The EC should also provide a written explanation and action taken to rectify the problems to each of these complainants.

Bersih is especially alarmed by the high number of complaints received from Malaysians staying overseas who have been registered without their consent, and those transferred to distant constituencies without their knowledge.

It raises serious questions over the registration process and the motivations of those who registered these people who are unlikely to be present to vote on polling day.

It is shameful that some voters will now be unable to cast their ballots in their home constituency due to the EC’s failure to address basic issues with the electoral roll before the general election.

Bersih calls on all voters who faced similar problems to come forward and submit their complaints to the EC without further delay.

Complainants should also supply a copy of their complaints to Pemantau to enable Bersih to assess the seriousness of the problems associated with the electoral roll nationwide.

BERSIH is a coalition of NGOs seeking to reform the current electoral system in Malaysia to ensure free, clean and fair elections.

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