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‘EC can reject incomplete applications’

 | June 6, 2012

Contrary to EC's claim, Tony Pua says the commission has the power to reject incomplete voter applications as experienced in the past by DAP party workers.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Election Commission does have the power to reject voter applications with incomplete details, said DAP leader Tony Pua today.

He pointed out that EC had rejected similar applications submitted by DAP party workers.

He was responding to EC chairman Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof’s comments in a news portal that the commission had no right to reject such applications as long as the records were still with the National Registration Department (NRD).

Referring to a compilation of voters registered by the party workers certified by the EC, Pua said the Selangor state EC rejected some voters as their application was void of details such as religion and in some cases the voter’s address was not the same as stated in his or her IC.

“Basically, we want to show that they do have the right to reject incomplete applications. It is a question of whether they want to or not,” he told reporters.

He said that in such cases, DAP usually appealed against the rejections and most of it would be approved by the EC.

Incomplete voter addresses had long plagued EC with critics highlighting that this might be easily manipulated to produce dubious voters.

Pua also said the decision to reject an application always came from the EC itself and hence the commission did have some authority to reject voters with incomplete addresses in its database.

The Petaling Jaya Utara MP also slammed both Selangor Barisan National deputy chairman Noh Omar and EC deputy chairman Wan Ahmad Wan Omar for snubbing the Selangor state government’s “Selangorku Bersih” voter verification campaign.

Wan Ahmad said the state government had no authority to verify the identities of voters. He also voiced concern that the campaign might cause uneasiness among voters.

Pua said that EC should be grateful that the Selangor state government was assisting the commission in carrying out its duty.

He added that the rejection by both EC and BN showed that that there was collusion between these two to ensure that the latter remained in power.


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