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EC admits double registration of voter

 | June 13, 2012

An official says an “unusual error” caused a voter to be registered under two different ICs

PETALING JAYA: The Election Commission (EC) admitted today that it registered a voter in the Serdang parliamentary and Bangi state assembly constituencies under two different IC numbers.

EC’s public relation officer Sabri Said said there was an “unusual error” in the case of Anis Binti Abdul Malek.

Anis’s two IC numbers are similar except for the last three digits. For IC number 870418055068, the EC website stated that Anis’ address was Seksyen 7 BBB Jln 7/1-7/6F and her voting district was Taman Kajang Mewah. For IC number 870418055180, the EC website gave the address as Jln 2/3-2/4H and her voting district as Seksyen 2 BBB.

The anomaly was first brought to light by a FMT reader.

When contacted about the matter, Serdang MP Teo Nie Ching said the information looked suspicious and could indicate that there were two phantom voters involved.

Sabri said EC had followed normal procedures, but admitted that in Anis’ case there had been an unusual error.

“When this case was referred to EC by a FMT reporter, EC undertook an investigation and we personally met with both the father and mother of the voter in question,” he said.

“EC was informed that one of the IC numbers of Anis was no longer used as it was handed back to the National Registration Department [NRD] and she was given a different 12-numbered IC number.”

Sabri said EC was satisfied with the information it had gathered and would “remove one of the records that was registered under the name Anis”.

‘Clerical error’

NRD public relations officer Jainisah Mohd Noor said Anis was given a different IC number because of a “clerical error” during the processing of her MyKad.

“In 2000, after processing her IC, the department later realised that there was a mistakenly keyed-in data,” she said.

“The individual was called back to the department within a few months and a new number and IC was issued then.”

Jainisah said this was the first case of its kind and was an “isolated incident”.

However, it remains unclear why Anis would be registered as a voter as she was 12 when the IC was switched.

Commenting on the matter again, Teo said that she was glad that EC had put in effort to check on the complaint.

However, she added: “This could only be one of many. While we are happy that this mistake has been rectified by EC, how sure are we that there are no more double registration like what happened here?”


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