The EC, with cooperation from the National Registration Department (NRD), removed the names of 69,293 dead voters and 1,068 others stripped of their citizenship from the electoral roll between July and Sept 15.
EC secretary Kamaruddin Mohamed Baria, disclosing this in a statement yesterday, also said the collaborative effort was mounted to clean up the roll as continuous preparation to face the next general election.
The EC is also in the midst of investigating the status of 50,000 other voters in the electoral roll to ensure that mistakes are not made in removing names.
"The investigation requires the EC to refer (to) and get confirmation from various authorities, including the NRD, armed forces and the police concerning the voters' citizenship status and identity card numbers, as well as their status in the forces and police," Kamaruddin said.
Responding to this in a statement today, Johor PAS Youth chief Suhaizan Kaiat (right) pointed out that the action has proven EC chairperson Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof wrong.
"The large number of voters removed also disproves the statement by EC deputy chairperson Wan Ahmad Wan Omar that the errors were due to negligence of the clerks. It is impossible that (any such) negligence can cause hundreds of thousands of errors in the EC database," said Suhaizan.
He stressed that the removal of names and investigation of the status of voters was the result of sustained pressure from the rakyat.
"The pressure started from the July 9 Bersih 2.0 rally and was followed by a series of revelations by PAS Youth. (We) believe that this clean-up would not have happened without strong public pressure. Congratulations to the rakyat!"
Now answer this
1. How many old identity card numbers are owned by more than one voter?
2. How many voters are there with same names but slightly different MyKad numbers?
3. How many voters with Code '71' have been removed?
Suhaizan said the biggest challenge for the EC in cleaning up the roll is to overcome the obstructions posed by home minister, who oversees the NRD.
"As long as the government is still controlled by BN, it is impossible that the outcome of the investigation will be made public in a transparent way,” he added.
“If the people want to know the truth behind the manipulation of fake MyKad in the electoral roll, they would have to topple the BN government in the next general election."