PETALING JAYA: Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah is demanding the Election Commission (EC) explain its insistence on including over 28,000 names in the year’s first quarter supplementary electoral role, saying it was not taking the registration process seriously.
This comes after PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar recently revealed that 28,416 servicemen and their family members have their names on the EC’s list of demands.
When a voter’s name is not on the supplementary electoral roll, he fills out a demand form to reclaim his registration as a voter. His name is then included in the EC’s list of demands.
Speaking to FMT, Maria said every yearly quarter, there was a period of objection after all voter registrations had been completed and after this period the yearly quarter’s supplementary electoral role was supposed to be gazetted.
“So, the objection period is all over and it is in the process of being gazetted and then, suddenly, over 28,000 of these names appear and then the EC says these are names they have not included into the first quarter’s roll. This is ridiculous,” she said.
She said if such a huge number of names could be included in an existing supplementary electoral roll then there was no point of going through the process in the first place.
“Why can’t you keep it for the second quarter? Is there no procedure or process to follow when it comes to registering voters? You mean you can insert voters anytime even after the whole process is over? That’s ridiculous!”
She questioned whether the 28,416 names on the EC’s list of demands was the outcome of the EC choosing not to share the soft copy of the draft supplementary electoral roll.
“The EC used to give soft copies every year but now they have changed the rules and you have to literally go to the EC offices and take photographs or photostat the hard copy and when you look at the hard copy it is not even enough information. Selangor itself has got 38,000 voters without addresses.
“All these corrections and new voters is becoming a lot so of course we need the soft copy.”
She asked whether the EC’s decision not to share the soft copy of the draft supplementary electoral roll was politically motivated.
“Without the soft copy you can’t cross tabulate and that’s probably what the EC wants – for analysts like Bersih to be unable to cross tabulate. Because once you cross tabulate you will know things like one name appearing in several different places.”
The directive to stop sharing soft copies of the draft supplementary electoral roll was issued on March 28 and enforced by EC secretary Abdul Ghani Salleh.