The figure of over four million eligible voters who have yet to register to vote shows that the Election Commission (EC) has not done enough, said PKR Women national vice president Voon Shiak Ni.
According to Voon, the EC has not taken enough steps to enable these eligible to vote, such as by approving automatic registration of Malaysian citizens who have reached the eligible voting age of 21, despite calls from the civil societies and political parties.
“And this inconvenience has resulted in the huge numbers of adult citizens who are yet to be voters. It also shows that our system is not doing enough to support the democratic electoral process.
“How can the electoral process reflect accurately the voice of the grassroots if over 4.4 million of them are not casting their votes because they are not voters yet?” she said yesterday.
Voon, who is PKR Stampin branch vice chairperson, lauded the efforts of the election watchdog Bersih 2.0 and its collaboration with the various non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for launching the voter registration month , in an effort to facilitate as many people as possible to register their voting rights.
“Over four million voters are eligible to vote but have not exercised their right to vote yet because they are not registered as a voter yet. The 14th General Election is just around the corner and if you want to cast your vote, you are advised to get yourself register by the end of this march .
“March 31 will be the last day when Malaysians can register to vote if the 14th general election is to take place in September this year. You want your voice to be heard? Get yourself registered before the end of this month and you can get this done at the nearest post office or EC office.
“We reiterate our call for automatic registration of voters to ensure that no one is deprive of the right to vote and to make their voice heard via the democratic electoral process.”
Source : @ Borneo Post Online