The Foreign Ministry is ready for postal voting for Malaysians abroad as it has been informed by the Election Commission that it is all set to amend the relevant rules with implementation following soon after.
The Berita Harian carried a report today quoting the Foreign Ministry as stating: "We are waiting for EC's instruction because the amendment has not been distributed to parliamentarians and gazetted but our staff at all embassies and representative offices are ever ready."
Once adopted, the ministry will put up notices and take the necessary actions to ensure related information reach Malaysians overseas, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister A. Kohilan Pillay was quoted as saying by the Malay language newspaper.
He added that Malaysians abroad should contact the respective Malaysian embassies in the country of their residence to register as postal voters.
The amendments to the the election rules and regulations for this change are expected to be tabled at the current Parliament sitting.
Meanwhile, in the same report, EC deputy chief Wan Ahmad Wan Omar (left) was quoted as saying that overseas voters should update their current addresses if they are interested in being postal voters.
This, he said, was to facilitate the EC to dispatch ballot papers to the right addresses.