KINIGUIDE There has been confusion and criticism as well as allegations of phantom voters after it was revealed that Johor Menteri Besar Khaled Nordin and a dozen others are registered as voters with the same address - the Pasir Gudang Umno division’s headquarters.
DAP’s Mengkibol state assemblyperson Tan Hong Pin had, last Sunday, lodged a complaint to the Election Commission (EC) in relation to hundreds of suspicious voters in Johor.
Khaled had however insisted that there was nothing wrong with registering as a voter using an office address, while Pasir Gudang Umno assistant secretary Noor Azleen Ambros revealed that DAP’s Teresa Kok also used the address of her service centre to register as a voter.
Citing EC rules, Kok however said that voters only have to be registered according to the address on the MyKad and that it is not necessary for one to also “sleep there”.
While both Khaled and Kok had registered as voters using their office addresses, the difference between the two is that the former is registered at the same address with many others, while Kok is the only registered at her former service centre.
So what is the problem about?
Electoral reform group Bersih’s chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah said the problem lies in both the National Registration Department (NRD) and the EC.
The NRD, she said, should have determined whether the respective addresses were indeed places of residence, while the EC should have a standard operating procedure not to accept voters with office addresses.