Wednesday 28 September 2011

'People power behind electoral roll clean-up'

PAS Youth, which has been exposing flaws in the electoral roll, has described the removal of the names of 70,361 voters by the Election Commission (EC) as “a victory for the rakyat”.

azlanThe 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.

johor pas chief suhaizan kaiatResponding 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.
This is because the number of names removed and being investigated is 120,361 - or 0.98 percent - of the total of 12.3 million voters, and not 0.0001 percent as Aziz claimed on Aug 19.

"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

The wing, however, continued to demand answers from the EC on these questions:

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?

azlanSuhaizan 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."

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